The motivational underpinnings of religion

Mark Jordan Landau, Jeff L Greenberg, Sheldon Solomon

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Abstract

Terror management theory and research can rectify shortcomings in Atran & Norenzayan's (A&N's) analysis of religion. (1) Religious and secular worldviews are much more similar than the target article supposes; (2) a propensity for embracing supernatural beliefs is likely to have conferred an adaptive advantage over the course of evolution; and (3) the claim that supernatural agent beliefs serve a terror management function independent of worldview bolstering is not empirically supported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-744
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004

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The motivational underpinnings of religion. / Landau, Mark Jordan; Greenberg, Jeff L; Solomon, Sheldon.

In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 27, No. 6, 12.2004, p. 743-744.

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Landau, Mark Jordan ; Greenberg, Jeff L ; Solomon, Sheldon. / The motivational underpinnings of religion. In: Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2004 ; Vol. 27, No. 6. pp. 743-744.
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