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

Evolutionary Theories of Religion

Armin Geertz, Kristoffer L. Nielbo, Ryan McKay
Issued Date: 15 May 2018

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DOI: 10.1558/jcsr.35720


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