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Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion

Armin W. Geertz, Aarhus University
Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo, Aarhus University
Valerie van Mulukom, Coventry University

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

Book review Editor
Istvan Czachesz, University of Tromsø

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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)

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Frequency: Continuous online publication comprising 2 issues per volume year

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

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Vol 4, No 1 (2016): Special Issue on Evolutionary Theories of Religion

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Table of Contents


Evolutionary Theories of Religion PDF
Armin Geertz , Kristoffer L. Nielbo , Ryan McKay 1-5


Mentalizing Domains and Belief in God PDF
Tyler S. Greenway 91-110

Special Section

Using Neurosociology and Evolutionary Sociology to Explain the Origin and Evolution of Religions PDF
Jonathan H. Turner 7-29


The Trouble with “Evolution of Religion” PDF
Justin L. Barrett 31-36
The Problem with Too Much Fidelity to the Modern Synthesis When Explaining the Origins and Evolution of the Social Universe PDF
Jonathan H. Turner 81-90
Why the Evolutionary Sociology of Religion Should Build on Rather than Reinvent Biological Models PDF
Lloyd Black , Richard Sosis 37-41
Religion, Neurosociology and Evolutionary Sociology: Knocking on an Open Door or Why We Need More Interdisciplinary Communication PDF
Ronald Fischer 43-47
Turner’s Definition and Explanation of Religion PDF
Stewart Elliott Guthrie 49-54
Human Nature and the Sociology of Religion PDF
Henrik Høgh-Olesen 55-59
Explaining Religion(s) with Deep Historical Time Scales: A Comment from Cognitive Archaeology PDF
Niels N. Johannsen 61-66
What Is the Relationship of Spencerian, Durkheimian and Marxian Natural Selections to Darwinian Natural Selection and How Can We Formalize Their Mutual Interaction? PDF
Radek Kundt 67-71
Understanding the Evolution of Religion: An Interdisciplinary Approach PDF
Aiyana K. Willard , Adam Baimel 73-80

Book Reviews

Religion Explained? The Cognitive Science of Religion After Twenty-Five Years, edited by Luther H. Martin and Donald Wiebe. Bloomsbury Academic 2017. 272pp., 6 B&W illustrations. Hb $114.00. ISBN-13: 9781350032477. PDF
Hans Van Eyghen 111-114
God is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human by Dominic Johnson. Oxford University Press, 2015. 304pp., 7 B&W illustrations, Hb. $27.95. ISBN-13: 9780199895632. PDF
Donald Wiebe 115-120

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