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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 […]

Inside the Mind of God – Benjamin Purzycki in Aeon Magazine

Inside the Mind of God – Benjamin Purzycki in Aeon Magazine

Of all humanity’s eccentricities, religion could very well be the most baffling. Even though no one has produced a fleck of evidence for the existence of the gods, people will engage in repetitive, often taxing behaviours, under the impression that some ethereal being out there knows and cares. And regardless of whether or not they […]