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Title: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

Abstract

Religion is a costly human activity that has evolved over the millennia. Why does it exist and how does it foster such powerful allegiances? To undertake a serious scientific study of religious practices and attitudes we must set aside a traditional exemption from scrutiny which religions have enjoyed. Religious adherents may not welcome this attention, but we should press ahead with it, since if we don't come to understand religion as a natural phenomenon, our attempts to deal with the problems that loom in the twenty-first century will likely be counterproductive.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. (Tufts University)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
FNAL (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1008157
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Resource Relation:
Conference: Fermilab Colloquia, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batvia, Illinois (United States), presented on February 15, 2006
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; ATTITUDES; BEHAVIOR; HUMAN FACTORS

Citation Formats

Dennett, Daniel. Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Dennett, Daniel. Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. United States.
Dennett, Daniel. 2006. "Religion as a Natural Phenomenon". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1008157.
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