Does Religion Promote Trust ? the Role of Signaling , Reputation , and Punishment

@inproceedings{Sosis2005DoesRP,
  title={Does Religion Promote Trust ? the Role of Signaling , Reputation , and Punishment},
  author={Richard Sosis},
  year={2005}
}
Scholars of religion, including such luminaries as Durkheim, Rappaport, Turner, and Weber, have widely assumed that religion promotes intragroup trust among adherents. Recent applications of signaling theory to religious behavior among economists, cognitive scientists, and evolutionary anthropologists further endorse this assumption. However, trust has not been rigorously or consistently defined across authors, making generalizations difficult to evaluate. Here I follow Bacharach and Gambetta’s… CONTINUE READING