Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of Religion and Personality

@inproceedings{Kirkpatrick1999TowardAE,
  title={Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of Religion and Personality},
  author={Lee Anne Kirkpatrick},
  year={1999}
}
Evolutionary psychology is an emerging paradigm for the social sciences that offers a powerful metatheoretical framework for personality psychology and, as I attempt to demonstrate in this article, for the psychology of religion as well. I argue that religion is not an evolved adaptation; rather, the diverse range of beliefs, behavior, and experience that we collectively refer to as religion emerge as byproductsof numerous, domain-specific psychological mechanisms that evolved to solve other… CONTINUE READING

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