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Spirituality in the FleshBodily Sources of Religious Experiences$
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Robert C. Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369175.001.0001

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 Religion and Natural Selection

 Religion and Natural Selection

Fear, Anger, and Religious Territorialism

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(p.25) 2 Religion and Natural Selection
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369175.003.0002

Emotional programs are a prime example of how natural selection designed our brains to respond to environmental challenges. Biological and psychological studies of an emotion such as fear thus tell us a great deal about how our bodies predispose us to specific kinds of religious experience. In the recent Left Behind series, apocalyptic religion elicits fear‐driven emotional responses that imbue this distinctive style of religion with characteristic moods and motivations.

Keywords:   apocalyptic belief, emotion, evolutionary psychology, fear, Sigmund Freud, genetic programs, Carroll Izard, territorialism, tribalism

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