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Evolutionary Theory-Oxford Handbooks

  title={Evolutionary Theory-Oxford Handbooks},
  author={John H. Shaver and Grant Purzycki and Richard Sosis},
People in all cultures entertain beliefs in supernatural agents and engage in ritual behaviors that are related to those beliefs. This suggests that religion is a product of a shared evolutionary history. Currently researchers employ three major evolutionary frameworks to study religion—evolutionary psychology, behavioral ecology, and dualinheritance theory—each with different assumptions, methods, and areas of focus. This chapter surveys these approaches and describes the major sources of… Expand


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