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Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion

Armin W. Geertz, Aarhus University
Ryan McKay, Royal Holloway, University of London
Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo, Aarhus University

Chairs of International Advisory Board
Pascal Boyer, Washington University in St. Louis
Luther H. Martin, University of Vermont

Book review Editor
Istvan Czachesz, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg

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Istvan Czachesz
University of Tromsø
Institute of History and Religious Studies
PO Box 6050 Langnes
9037 Tromsø

Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion is the official journal of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR). The Association was founded in 2006 and since then has sponsored a number of international collaborative projects and biennial conferences. A subscription to the journal is included in membership.

The cognitive science of religion is a burgeoning field that finds itself in the center of cross-disciplinary research. Cognition is understood in a variety of ways from bottom-up to top-down models and theories. New insights into cognition, culture and religion are being discovered, new ways of doing research are being established and new methodologies and technologies are being used in the cognitive science of religion. The number of scholars and scientists working in this exciting field are expanding exponentially, and the journal provides a cutting-edge publication channel for this field.

The editors will consider the following types of original papers:

General and research articles (maximum 6,000 words)
Research reports (up to 4,000 words)
Short Reports (up to 2,500 words)
Commentaries, Addenda, and Book Reviews (up to 1,500 words)
Invited target articles (up to 8,000 words)

YouTube channel of the Brno research centre LEVYNA - Laboratory for the experimental research of religions

Frequency: Continuous online publication comprising 2 issues per volume year

ISSN:2049-7555 (Print)
ISSN:2049-7563 (Online)

Indexing and Abstracting
Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Thomson Reuters
European Reference Index (ERIH Plus)
ATLA Religion Database®



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Vol 3, No 2 (2015)

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Table of Contents


Editorial note PDF
Armin W Geertz , Ryan McKay 111-112


Corrected by Reflection: The De-anthropomorphized Mindset of Atheism PDF
Elizabeth Talbot , Colin Arthur Wastell 113-124
Indirect Reciprocity and Reputation Management in Religious Morality Relating to Concepts of Supernatural Agents PDF
Andreas Nordin 125-153
Reappraising Objects of Desire Through Practices of Devotion: A Cognitive Historiographical Approach to Religious Claims in Medieval India PDF
Travis Chilcott 155-181
Mapping Pluto’s Republic: Cognitive and Epistemological Reflections on Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem PDF
Leonardo Ambasciano 183-205

Book Reviews

A Natural History of Natural Theology: The Cognitive Science of Theology and Philosophy of Religion, by Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt. MIT Press, 2015. 247pp. Hb., $46. ISBN: 9780262028547. PDF
Hans Van Eyghen 207-209
Contemporary Evolutionary Theories of Culture and the Study of Religion, by Radek Kundt. Bloomsbury, 2015. 192pp. Hb., $150. ISBN-13: 978-1350037076 PDF
Justin Lane 210-221
Contemporary Evolutionary Theories of Culture and the Study of Religion, by Radek Kundt. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015. 192pp. Hb., $150. ISBN-13: 978-1350037076 PDF
Christos Orfanidis 222-224

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