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How useful is ‘Religious Belief’ in the Anthropology of Religion?

Simon Dein*

University College London and Durham University, UK

*Corresponding Author:
Simon Dein
University College London and Durham University, UK
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Received date: November 13, 2013; Accepted date: November 14, 2013; Published date: November 15, 2013

Citation: Dein S (2014) How useful is ‘Religious Belief’ in the Anthropology of Religion? Anthropol 2:e116. doi:10.4172/2332-0915.1000e116

Copyright: © 2014 Dein S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



From its foundations anthropologists have attempted to account for the origins of beliefs in supernatural entities, a question which has been raised again by the more recent cognitive scientists of religion who maintain that such beliefs can be accounted for by the findings of cognitive and evolutionary science. In fact most theories of religion take beliefs as central to their explanatory attempts.


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