Religion Evolving - Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics - Benjamin Grant Purzycki

Religion Evolving - Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics - Benjamin Grant Purzycki

Fostering Sharedness in Religious Communities

Religion Evolving - Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics - Benjamin Grant Purzycki

Benjamin Grant Purzycki [+-]
Aarhus University
Benjamin Grant Purzycki is Associate Professor in the Department of the Study of Religion at Aarhus University.
Richard Sosis [+-]
University of Connecticut
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Richard Sosis is the James Barnett Professor of Humanistic Anthropology at the University of Connecticut.

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Chapter 7 emphasizes cases where religions facilitate adaptive behaviors in the diverse environments that humans inhabit. Here we examine how religious systems, which are composed of a number of interacting components, generate these adaptive response patterns. We contend that religious systems accomplish this by: (1) employing highly flexible cognitive mechanisms, (2) evoking emotional responses that provide reliable information concerning individual physical and psychological states, (3) supporting specialists who introduce religious ideas that endorse and sustain the social order, and (4) encouraging collective acceptance of these ideas with public displays, typically in the form of rituals, badges, and taboos. These interacting components of religious systems ultimately promote prosocial behavior under diverse conditions.

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Purzycki, Benjamin; Sosis, Richard. Fostering Sharedness in Religious Communities. Religion Evolving - Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 109-124 Mar 2022. ISBN 9781800500525. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42788. Date accessed: 27 Jan 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42788. Mar 2022

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