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DRH Personnel Changes

DRH Personnel Changes

June and July have seen some momentum personnel changes at the Database of Religious History, happily all of them tied to very auspicious life events. Dr. Brenton Sullivan, our original Managing Editor for two years, has accepted a tenure track faculty position at Colgate (congrats Brenton!). Brenton played a huge role in defining the basic […]

The Secret of Our Success – Joseph Henrich

The Secret of Our Success – Joseph Henrich

The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter Humans are a puzzling species. On the one hand, we struggle to survive on our own in the wild, often unable to solve basic problems, like obtaining food, building shelters or avoiding predators. On the other hand, […]

Religion in the Text and on the Ground: May 2015 CERC Plenary

Religion in the Text and on the Ground: May 2015 CERC Plenary

The 2015 CERC Plenary: Religion in the Text and on the Ground gathered together an international collection of historians, philosophers, literary scholars, anthropologists, archaeologists, ethnographers, cognitive scientists, and psychologists to engage in targeted and substantive discussions concerning the convergence of historiographic and ethnographic approaches to the study of religion.  As the midterm plenary of the […]

The Role of Religion in Contemporary Society – Ara Norenzayan at Spur

April 11 3:00 pm Famed atheist and essayist Christopher Hitchens wrote, “Religion is part of the human make-up. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health […]