Absolute Prerequisite: Systematics and the Natural Evolving Unit

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


If we want to describe this development of religions as an evolutionary process, solving the issue of the natural evolving unit is a requirement for mapping out an evolutionary model in the first place. In this context, a religion can be understood as a distinct complex of belief and action, clearly separated from comparable units. Thus, religions are not random aggregates of individuals, whose religious convictions and actions manifest superficially in the same symbols, but they are units whose members recognise themselves as belonging to the same community of believers. Therefore, religion as a category or taxon is not random or accidental, but the result of a consensus of religious beliefs and actions, separated from other religions by discontinuities.


Systematics Taxon Evolving unit 


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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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