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Some comments on the alleged innateness of religion

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Purzycki,  Benjamin Grant
Department of Human Behavior Ecology and Culture, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society;

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Purzycki, B. G. (2017). Some comments on the alleged innateness of religion. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 29(4-5), 411-421. doi:10.1163/15700682-12341403.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002E-7445-0
Abstract
This response assesses the claim that Barrett views religious beliefs as non-cultural entities that stem from “innate” cognitive systems “meant for” a “singular idea of God.” By briefly reviewing the literature and Barrett’s actual position—that people are especially sensitive to learning religious beliefs by virtue of cognitive systems that function in domains more mundane than religion—I conclude that the target article misrepresents Barrett’s views about the naturalness of religion.