The Evolution of Religion

  • William Grassie


We now turn to new evolutionary accounts of religion. As before, I invite you to look at the world and religion with new eyes, to suspend for a moment whatever religious or philosophical commitments you bring to this discussion. For the time being, we bracket the truth claims of religions and seek to understand only how religions function in human societies. To begin this review of the evolution of religion, we need to think in terms of human history and prehistory.


Religious Belief Evolutionary Psychology Winning Strategy Reciprocal Altruism Selfish Gene 
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