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The Cognitive Study of Religiosity and Contemporary Lived Religion: Complementarity as a Methodological Approach


 
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1. Title Title of document The Cognitive Study of Religiosity and Contemporary Lived Religion: Complementarity as a Methodological Approach - Researching Global Religious Landscapes
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Slawomir Sztajer; Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań; Poland
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Rafael Fernández-Hart; Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Lima, Peru;
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Ben-Willie Kwaku Golo; University of Ghana; Ghana
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Sidney Castillo; University of Helsinki; Hungary
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) lived religion; cognitive study of religion; human evolution; traditional religion; religion in Africa; Religion in South America;
 
5. Subject Subject classification contemporary religion
 
6. Description Abstract Within cognitive scholarship of religion, a strong case has been made for the idea that religion can be explained from a perspective of human evolution and cognition. This often relies on observations of universals across time and space, and linguistic and cultural boundaries. In this chapter, we focus on lived religion in Peru, Ghana and China; countries with a distinct history of traditional forms of religion that furthermore are present in various and complex ways. In these cultures, traditional forms of religiosity may still be present and surface in the form of emerging new or revitalised aspects of religiosities within the framework of more recent religious or secular positions. In light of such complex forms of lived religion it becomes relevant to explore the relevance of a cognitive approach to religion. To what extent can it be applied within a framework of the complexity of lived religion? This chapter on the one hand sheds light on the extent and way traditional forms of religion surface in contemporary religiosities and, on the other hand, moves on to explore the extent to which such complex configurations allow for the adaptation of observations from a cognitive study of religion. We propose a model of interpretative complementarity that differentiates between two key ways of understanding current concepts, beliefs and practices. The first points to universal cognitive mechanisms and the second to cultural and contextual factors in light of contemporary forms of lived religion.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Apr-2024
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/books/article/view/44296
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.44296
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Researching Global Religious Landscapes
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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