The motivational underpinnings of religion

Mark Jordan Landau, Jeff Greenberg, Sheldon Solomon

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Terror management theory and research can rectify shortcomings in Atran & Norenzayan's (A&N's) analysis of religion. (1) Religious and secular worldviews are much more similar than the target article supposes; (2) a propensity for embracing supernatural beliefs is likely to have conferred an adaptive advantage over the course of evolution; and (3) the claim that supernatural agent beliefs serve a terror management function independent of worldview bolstering is not empirically supported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-744
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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