The cultural evolution of prosocial religions

Behavioral and Brain Sciences Vol/Iss. 39 Cambridge University Press Published In Pages: 1-65
By Nonrenzayan, Ara, Shariff, Azim F., Gervais, Will M., Willard, Aiyana K., McNamara, Rita A., Slingerland, Edward, Henrich, Joseph


Researchers review the literature on the development and spread of prosocial religions and their relations to cooperative behavior, solidarity, societal size, and cultural evolution. They theorize that prosocial religions have been co-beneficially related to the development of successful large-scale cooperative societies, and the reproduction of cultural values.


No new hypotheses are tested.

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