Toward a new scientific study of religion

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (6):744-745 (2004)
Atran & Norenzayan (A&N) have proposed a study of religion based in the cognitive sciences. Their final conclusions, however, incorporate functionalist definitions. Further, key features by which they characterize religion are not instantiated by some historical evidence. Nevertheless, the foci of their arguments are central to any study of religion and should provoke further research and experimentation along the lines suggested.
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X04360176
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