The cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion

@article{Bulbulia2004TheCA,
  title={The cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion},
  author={Joseph A. Bulbulia},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  year={2004},
  volume={19},
  pages={655-686}
}
  • J. Bulbulia
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Psychology
  • Biology and Philosophy
The following reviews recent developments in the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and argues for an adaptationist stance. 

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