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In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion

Scott Atran


This book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition. Written by a cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, the book argues that religion is a by-product of human evolution just as the cognitive intervention, cultural selection, and historical survival of religion is an accommodation of certain existential and moral elements that have evolved in the human condition.

Keywords: religion, evolution, cognition, cultural, survival, moral

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178036
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178036.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Atran, author
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
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