Why a “Darwinian” Approach on Religious Evolution?

  • Ina Wunn
  • Davina Grojnowski
Part of the New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion book series (NASR, volume 6)


A short commentary on different models of religious evolution with the following results: Currently, there is no model for the evolution of religions that meets the strict scientific requirements of an evolutionary model. Either the focus is placed on the evolution of the human mind, making it a quest for the evolution of Homo sapiens, or if indeed the correct question is being asked, the evolution of religion, then the issue of the natural evolving unit is not addressed and consequently, the known religions cannot be categorised within an hierarchic-encaptic system, the interpretation of which would have by default indicated an evolutionary process.


Cognitive approach Group selection Hominization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ina Wunn
    • 1
  • Davina Grojnowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyLeibniz University of HanoverHanoverGermany
  2. 2.Formerly King’s CollegeLondonUK

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