History, Evolution, and The Darwin Debate

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Both sides in the debate are wrong on evolution of religion//Unholy? Atheists should embrace the science of religion | New Scientist

April 19th, 2017 · 1 Comment

This is a false debate: the evolution of religion has not been elucidated by either camp here, leastwise the evolutionary psychologists. The question of religious evolution requires both a debriefing of religions as we find them and a realization that a spiritual/material process is behind the epochal transformations of religion…Cf. Enigma of the Axial Age…

Though a great read and a liberating influence for many closet atheists, The God Delusion largely omitted a new strand of scientific enquiry emerging around the time it was published. Those working on the “science of religion” – a motley crew of psychologists, anthropologists and neuroscientists – explained it as a by-product of normal cognition. Thanks to evolution, they argued, our explanation-seeking minds find religious ideas intuitively appealing, gobbling them up as a hungry trout swallows a fishing fly.

Source: Unholy? Atheists should embrace the science of religion | New Scientist

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