The Religious Mind and the Evolution of Religion

  title={The Religious Mind and the Evolution of Religion},
  author={Matt J. Rossano},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={346 - 364}
  • M. Rossano
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Review of General Psychology
This article summarizes the literature on the religious mind and connects it to archeological and anthropological data on the evolution of religion. These connections suggest a three stage model in the evolution of religion: One, the earliest form of religion (pre-Upper Paleolithic [UP]) would have been restricted to ecstatic rituals used to facilitate social bonding; two, the transition to UP religion was marked by the emergence of shamanistic healing rituals; and, three, the cave art… 

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