Why Gods persist : a scientific approach to religion / Robert A. Hinde.
By: Hinde, Robert A.Material type: BookPublisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2010Edition: 2nd ed.Description: ix, 293 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780415497619 (hbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Religion
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -290) and index.
Preface -- Religion and science : the questions -- Some background issues -- What does it mean to say I believe? -- What are Gods like? -- The development of beliefs -- Why do people believe in Gods? -- The dynamics of belief and its relation to the social system -- Narratives -- Ritual : background considerations -- The form and sequence of ritual : magic -- The motivation and consequences of ritual -- Moral codes : background considerations -- Pro-social behaviour and reciprocity -- Other moral precepts -- Religious experience -- Social aspects of religious systems -- Why do religious systems persist? -- Where do we go from here?