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

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

Approaching Religion as a Complex Adaptive System

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

Benjamin Grant Purzycki [+-]
Aarhus University
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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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By drawing more directly from the complex adaptive systems literature, Chapter 9 offers a general schematic model of religion and focuses on religion’s reach beyond beliefs and practices. It also emphasizes the energetic feedback that contributes to the evolution of religious traditions. This chapter shows how religious systems internally function, with ritual at its core, as well as how religious systems change over time, typically through a pattern of growth, decline, and revitalization.

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Purzycki, Benjamin; Sosis, Richard. Approaching Religion as a Complex Adaptive System. Religion Evolving - Cultural, Cognitive, and Ecological Dynamics. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 139-170 Mar 2022. ISBN 9781800500525. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42790. Date accessed: 25 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42790. Mar 2022

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