Cognitive Evolution and Religion: Cognition and Religious Evolution

  • Harvey Whitehouse Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology University of Oxford
religion, belief, modes of religiosity, cognitive science of religion, evolution


This paper presents contemporary cognitive approaches to the evolution of religious beliefs. Arguments are put forward that different types of beliefs, or ‘modes of religiosity’, occur as a result of a number of evolutionary factors (biological, cultural, socio-political etc). At the same time, religions across the world retain a significant level of common and shared elements, also explained in evolutionary terms.


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How to Cite
Whitehouse, Harvey. 2008. “Cognitive Evolution and Religion: Cognition and Religious Evolution”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 3 (3), 35-47.