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Claim CB440:

Evolution does not explain religion.


  1. Religion fits comfortably with evolutionary theory. Some of its important components probably even predate humanity. For example:
  2. Religions themselves evolve (Cullen 1998; Gottsch 2001).

  3. The claim is an argument from incredulity. Even if no explanation is known, that does not mean there is none.


  1. Cullen, B. 1998. Parasite ecology and the evolution of religion. In Heylighten, F. (ed.), The Evolution of Complexity.
  2. Gottsch, J. D. 2001. Mutation, selection, and vertical transmission of theistic memes in religious canons. J Memetics 5.

Further Reading:

Boyer, Pascal. 2001. Religion Explained. New York: Basic Books.

Burkert, Walter. 1996. Creation of the Sacred: Tracks of biology in early religions. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (It concentrates on early cultural aspects of religion but still has some relevance to religion's origin.)

Dunbar, Robin. 2003. Evolution: Five big questions: 5. What's God got to do with it? New Scientist 178(2399) (14 June): 38-39.

Konner, Melvin. 2002. The Tangled Wing: Biological constraints on the human spirit, New York: Henry Holt and Co.
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