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Cognitive science of religion: what is it and why is it?

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Cognitive science of religion brings theories from the cognitive sciences to bear on why religious thought and action is so common in humans and why religious phenomena take on the features that they do. The field is characterized by a piecemeal approach, explanatory non-exclusivism, and methodological pluralism. Topics receiving consideration include how ordinary cognitive structures inform and constrain the transmission of religious ideas, why people believe in gods, why religious rituals a...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1111/j.1749-8171.2007.00042.x

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Anthropology and Mind,Centre for
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Journal:
Religion Compass Journal website
Volume:
1
Issue:
6
Pages:
768-786
Publication date:
2007-11-05
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ISSN:
1749-8171
URN:
uuid:9fdfa5e2-249c-46fd-87da-0d13b60c3c37
Local pid:
ora:3122

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