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Why Gods persist : a scientific approach to religion

Author: Robert A Hinde
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Every human society has engaged in religious practices. In the past religions have provided answers to the basic questions of life: Who am I? Why am I here? What happens when I die? In the modern world, religious answers to these questions are unacceptable to many, yet religions continue to persist."--BOOK JACKET. "Religions involve structural beliefs, narratives, rituals, moral codes, religious experience and
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Hinde
ISBN: 0415208254 9780415208253 0415208262 9780415208260
OCLC Number: 40298419
Description: vi, 288 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The questions --
Some background issues --
Structural beliefs: the nature of religious belief --
Structural beliefs: dynamics, codification, and relation to the social system --
Structural beliefs: why do individuals hold religious beliefs? --
Structural beliefs: religious representations --
Structural beliefs: the development of beliefs --
Narratives --
Ritual: background considerations --
Ritual: form and sequence; magic --
Ritual: motivation and consequences --
Moral codes: background considerations --
Moral codes: prosocial behaviour and reciprocity --
Moral codes: other principles --
Religious experience --
Social aspects --
Persistence --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Robert A. Hinde.
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Why Gods Persist examines why so many religions continue to persist at a time when the answers they provide to the basic questions of life are unacceptable to many in the modern world.  Read more...

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