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Response to Donald Wiebe, “Religions as Hazard-Precaution Systems,” and Luther Martin, “The Ecology of Threat Detection and Precautionary Response” Trying to Explain Religion (Again)

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AbstractReligion is a multifaceted phenomenon calling for a multidisciplinary approach. Research programs ignoring such level of complexity could incur in forms of reductionism, becoming unable to account for many aspects of religious mind and behavior. The thesis exposed in the articles of Wiebe and Martin awake that suspicion: the first one because of the many ways different religions cope with illness and contagion; the second, as a consequence of the stress and anxiety linked to several religious forms, becoming functional aspects to their implementation.

Affiliations: 1: Antonianum UniversityVia Merulana 124, 00185,


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1. Deacon Terrence Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter 2012 New York Norton & Co
2. Luhmann Niklas Function der Religion 1977 Frankfurt a.M. Suhrkamp
3. Stark Rodney The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries 1996 Princeton, NJ Princeton University Press

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