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The science of religious beliefs

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Why have humans, throughout history and across cultures, shown a strong tendency to believe in the existence of superhuman intentional agents and attached this belief to notions of morality, misfortune, and the creation of the world? The answer emerging from the cognitive science of religion appears to be that explicit beliefs are informed and constrained by the natural and cross-culturally recurrent operation of implicit cognitive systems. Successful god concepts resonate with the expectatio...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.religion.2008.01.007

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Anthropology and Mind,Centre for
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Anthropology and Mind,Centre for
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Religion Journal website
Volume:
38
Issue:
2
Pages:
109-124
Publication date:
2008-06-05
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ISSN:
0048-721X
URN:
uuid:823921d6-045d-490c-8c18-c51561577c88
Local pid:
ora:3117

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