Explaining the rise of moralizing religions: a test of competing hypotheses using the Seshat Databank

Religion, Brain & Behavior Vol/Iss. 13(2) Taylor & Francis Group Published In Pages: 167-194
By Turchin, Peter, Whitehouse, Harvey, Larson, Jennifer, Cioni, Enrico, Reddish, Jenny, Hoyer, Daniel, Savage, Patrick E., Covey, Alan, Baines, John, Altaweel, Mark, Anderson, Eugene, Bol, Peter, Brandl, Eva, Carballo, David M., Feinman, Gary M., Korotayev, Andrey V., Kradin, Nikolay, Levine, Jill D., Nugent, Selin E., Squitieri, Andrea, Wallace, Vesna, François, Pieter


The rise of moralizing religions will be related to increasing agricultural productivity.


The results show that increasing agriculture is a predictor of moralizing religions.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Dynamic regression analysesSupportedp < .05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Moralizing religionsDependentSpirits And Gods
Agricultural productivityIndependentTillage