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 pastoralism.


The results show that pastoralism has a moderate effect as a predictor of the rise of moralizing religions.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Dynamic regression analysesMarginally supportedt=9.188UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
PastoralismIndependentPastoral Activities
Moralizing religionsDependentSpirits And Gods