The evolutionary forms of the religious life: a cross-cultural, quantitative analysis

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 110 Published In Pages: 454-466
By Sanderson, Stephen K., Roberts, Wesley W.


This article develops a new measure of religious evolution and uses multivariate statistical techniques to examine correlates of different religious stages. Results suggest that subsistence economy, societal size, and the presence of writing and records are all associated with the evolution toward monotheism.

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