Signaling, solidarity, and the sacred: The evolution of religious behavior

  title={Signaling, solidarity, and the sacred: The evolution of religious behavior},
  author={Richard Sosis and Candace Storey Alcorta},
  journal={Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues},
Anthropologists have repeatedly noted that there has been little theoretical progress in the anthropology of religion over the past fifty years.1–7 By the 1960s, Geertz2 had pronounced the field dead. Recently, however, evolutionary researchers have turned their attention toward understanding the selective pressures that have shaped the human capacity for religious thoughts and behaviors, and appear to be resurrecting this long‐dormant but important area of research.8–19 This work, which… 

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