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Book Review: Religious Belief: An Evolved Behavior:

Book Review: Religious Belief: An Evolved Behavior: Evolutionary Psychology www.epjournal.net – 2010. 8(2): 170-172 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Book Review Religious Belief: An Evolved Behavior A review of Jay R. Feierman (Ed.), The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion. ABC-CLIO, LLC: Santa Barbara, CA, 2009, 301 pp., US$49.50, ISBN 978-0-313-36431-0 (hardcover). Hiram Caton, PhD, DLitt; P.O. Box 90, Halifax 4850, Australia Email: hcaton3@itnq.com.au When and where our species developed religion we don’t yet know. The social maturity that might have supported religion is believed to have arisen with Cro-Magnon man, who flourished in Europe and Asia 35,000-20,000 years ago, alongside Neanderthal. The genetics and appearance of Cro-Magnon were like our own; Neanderthal was not. Cro-Magnon was well equipped with the artifacts: clothing, artistic jewelry, tools and artifacts, and burial of the dead. There is something else: elaborate paintings, mostly of large hunted animals in caves located in France and Germany. Caves are pitch-black places, yet these paintings are stunningly accurate, which required high quality “candles.” On the current count, there are more than 2,000 depictions in dozens of caves. Jay R. Feierman’s collection of essays, 15 in number, is a splendid effort to show how religion evolved and how it creates the identity of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Evolutionary Psychology SAGE

Book Review: Religious Belief: An Evolved Behavior:

Evolutionary Psychology , Volume 8 (2): 1 – Apr 1, 2010

Book Review: Religious Belief: An Evolved Behavior:

Evolutionary Psychology , Volume 8 (2): 1 – Apr 1, 2010

Abstract

Evolutionary Psychology www.epjournal.net – 2010. 8(2): 170-172 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Book Review Religious Belief: An Evolved Behavior A review of Jay R. Feierman (Ed.), The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion. ABC-CLIO, LLC: Santa Barbara, CA, 2009, 301 pp., US$49.50, ISBN 978-0-313-36431-0 (hardcover). Hiram Caton, PhD, DLitt; P.O. Box 90, Halifax 4850, Australia Email: hcaton3@itnq.com.au When and where our species developed religion we don’t yet know. The social maturity that might have supported religion is believed to have arisen with Cro-Magnon man, who flourished in Europe and Asia 35,000-20,000 years ago, alongside Neanderthal. The genetics and appearance of Cro-Magnon were like our own; Neanderthal was not. Cro-Magnon was well equipped with the artifacts: clothing, artistic jewelry, tools and artifacts, and burial of the dead. There is something else: elaborate paintings, mostly of large hunted animals in caves located in France and Germany. Caves are pitch-black places, yet these paintings are stunningly accurate, which required high quality “candles.” On the current count, there are more than 2,000 depictions in dozens of caves. Jay R. Feierman’s collection of essays, 15 in number, is a splendid effort to show how religion evolved and how it creates the identity of

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Evolutionary Psychology www.epjournal.net – 2010. 8(2): 170-172 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Book Review Religious Belief: An Evolved Behavior A review of Jay R. Feierman (Ed.), The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion. ABC-CLIO, LLC: Santa Barbara, CA, 2009, 301 pp., US$49.50, ISBN 978-0-313-36431-0 (hardcover). Hiram Caton, PhD, DLitt; P.O. Box 90, Halifax 4850, Australia Email: hcaton3@itnq.com.au When and where our species developed religion we don’t yet know. The social maturity that might have supported religion is believed to have arisen with Cro-Magnon man, who flourished in Europe and Asia 35,000-20,000 years ago, alongside Neanderthal. The genetics and appearance of Cro-Magnon were like our own; Neanderthal was not. Cro-Magnon was well equipped with the artifacts: clothing, artistic jewelry, tools and artifacts, and burial of the dead. There is something else: elaborate paintings, mostly of large hunted animals in caves located in France and Germany. Caves are pitch-black places, yet these paintings are stunningly accurate, which required high quality “candles.” On the current count, there are more than 2,000 depictions in dozens of caves. Jay R. Feierman’s collection of essays, 15 in number, is a splendid effort to show how religion evolved and how it creates the identity of

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