The New Sciences of Religion

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An original and compelling scientific interpretation of religion and science that will challenge and delight students and scholars alike.

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What does it mean to take a scientific approach to the study of religion? Does a scientific study of religion disprove the existence of God, the reality of Nirvana, the possibilities of miracles, and the hopes of a life beyond death?

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There is more functional diversity within a great tradition than between great traditions.

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Early social theorists on religion all used some version of Marx's base-superstructure model of causation, though they may not have used the exact terms. Some natural or material factor that determines the beliefs and behaviors of individuals.

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We can now talk about a global marketplace for religions. The fastest-growing religions are Islam, Pentecostal Christianity, and amorphous New Age-type syntheses. The first two are "irreversible investments"; the latter can be thought of as a "diversified portfolio."

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Religions contribute to group survival and reproduction in diverse environments and in competition with other human groups. Religions provide a way to promote group solidarity and cooperation.

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