Chapter 2. The Evolution of Moral Religions

  1. John Teehan

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320695.ch2

In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence

In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence

How to Cite

Teehan, J. (2010) The Evolution of Moral Religions, in In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320695.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Public Philosophy

Book Series Editors:

  1. Michael Boylan

Series Editor Information

  1. Marymount University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405183826

Online ISBN: 9781444320695

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Keywords:

  • evolution of moral religions;
  • Religion is the recognition of all our duties as divine commands - Immanuel Kant;
  • tribe to chiefdom - centralized, less egalitarian form of social control and conflict resolution;
  • religion playing a role - in fostering pro-social, moral behavior;
  • religion and belief in god - serving a moral function in society goes without question;
  • evolution of religious mind - explaining belief in gods, a complex task;
  • environment of evolutionary adaptedness (EEA);
  • understanding religion - anthropomorphism, being the oldest explanation of religion;
  • supernatural agency - widespread and significant concepts in religion;
  • motivational component of religion - religious concepts provoking emotional power

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Setting the Task

  • The Evolution of the Religious Mind

  • Conceptualizing the Almighty

  • The Moral Function of Gods