Religious and Sacred Imperatives in Human Conflict

@article{Atran2012ReligiousAS,
  title={Religious and Sacred Imperatives in Human Conflict},
  author={Scott Atran and Jeremy Ginges},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={336},
  pages={855 - 857}
}
Religion, in promoting outlandish beliefs and costly rituals, increases ingroup trust but also may increase mistrust and conflict with outgroups. Moralizing gods emerged over the last few millennia, enabling large-scale cooperation, and sociopolitical conquest even without war. Whether for cooperation or conflict, sacred values, like devotion to God or a collective cause, signal group identity and operate as moral imperatives that inspire nonrational exertions independent of likely outcomes. In… 
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