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Bellah, Robert N.
Religion in Human Evolution. From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age.
Cambridge u. a.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2011. XXVII, 746 S. Lw. £ 25,00. ISBN 978-0-674-06143-9.
Hans J. Lundager Jensen
Robert Bellah is most well-known for his analyses of contemporary religion and for reviving Rousseau’s concept of a »civil religion«. Classical sociological theories, Weber’s as well as Durkheim’s, have always figured prominently in B.’s works, as it is evident in the useful Robert Bellah Reader (Duke University Press, 2006). But B. also has a solid foundation in contemporary social and cultural anthropological theories of religion. In this new book, he adds new knowledge in biological evolution and in cognitive studies to his already wide-ranging inventory of theories.
Religion in Human Evolution is a partial realization of a model for an evolutionary history of religion, published as early as 1964 (»Religious Evolution«, reprinted in the ...
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