Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, Vol 4, No 1 (2016)

The Trouble with “Evolution of Religion”

Justin L. Barrett
Issued Date: 15 May 2018


The Trouble with “Evolution of Religion”

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DOI: 10.1558/jcsr.35722


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