Evolution – What Is It?

  • Ina Wunn
  • Davina Grojnowski
Part of the New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion book series (NASR, volume 6)


Scholars often believe that evolution is a random process of development obeying specific rules and leading to predictable results. Biological evolution, however, is very specific: it is on the one hand a process of natural law subject to the strict process of inheritance, and on the other hand it is also a historical process on account of a selection exerting pressure on varieties, in the course of which successful genetic combinations are selected. Any theory of religious evolution, therefore, has to make clear which mechanisms are responsible for the change of religions and whether in fact we can note varieties and whether a selection takes place.


Species concept Scala naturae Hierarchic-encaptic system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ina Wunn
    • 1
  • Davina Grojnowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyLeibniz University of HanoverHanoverGermany
  2. 2.Formerly King’s CollegeLondonUK

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