Sophia 54 (1):77-92 (2015)

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John Wilkins
University of Melbourne
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To naturalize religion, we must identify what religion is, and what aspects of it we are trying to explain. In this paper, religious social institutional behavior is the explanatory target, and an explanatory hypothesis based on shared primate social dominance psychology is given. The argument is that various religious features, including the high status afforded the religious, and the high status afforded to deities, are an expression of this social dominance psychology in a context for which it did not evolve: high-density populations made possible by agriculture
Keywords Social dominance  Euhemerism  Phylogenetic bracketing  Evolution of religion
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