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Fostering Sharedness in Religious Communities

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1. Title Title of document Fostering Sharedness in Religious Communities - Religion Evolving
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Benjamin Purzycki; Aarhus University; Denmark
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Richard Sosis; University of Connecticut; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) cognitive science of religion; anthropology of religion; evolutionary religion; beliefs; behavioural religion; religious thought; religion and culture; signalling theory
5. Subject Subject classification cognitive science of religion; anthropology
6. Description Abstract 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.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 10-Mar-2022
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.42788
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Religion Evolving
16. Language English=en en
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