Religious and sacred imperatives in human conflict.

@article{Atran2012ReligiousAS,
  title={Religious and sacred imperatives in human conflict.},
  author={Scott Atran and J. S. M. Ginges},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={336 6083},
  pages={
          855-7
        }
}
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… CONTINUE READING
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Acknowledgments: We thank the U.S. Department of Defense (Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Office) and NSF for support

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