The Future of Secularism: a Biologically Informed Theory Supplemented with Cross-Cultural Evidence

  title={The Future of Secularism: a Biologically Informed Theory Supplemented with Cross-Cultural Evidence},
  author={Lee Ellis and Anthony W. Hoskin and Edward Croft Dutton and Helmuth Nyborg},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychological Science},
For over a century, social scientists have predicted declines in religious beliefs and their replacement with more scientific/naturalistic outlooks, a prediction known as the secularization hypothesis. However, skepticism surrounding this hypothesis has been expressed by some researchers in recent decades. After reviewing the pertinent evidence and arguments, we examined some aspects of the secularization hypothesis from what is termed a biologically informed perspective. Based on large samples… 

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