On the Production of Religious Configurations

On the Production of Religious Configurations © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006810X531030 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 22 (2010) 239-253 brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & On the Production of Religious Configurations 1 Gustavo Benavides Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085, USA gustavo.benavides@villanova.edu Abstract Research on the emergence of the configuration known as “religion” requires tracing the articula- tion among biological, psychological and social processes. This research must take into account evolutionary approaches; first, in terms of hominid evolution, for it is only by taking into con- sideration work on symbolization, language development, the capacity to engage in metacogni- tion and cooperation, the tendency to form hierarchies, engage in violence, sexual differentiation, and related topics, that one can hope to trace the emergence of certain relatively stable features of human behavior. But since symbolization and the other capacities mentioned above are exer- cised in specific social circumstances—which themselves could not have come into existence were it not for the exercise of those capacities—it is essential to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Method & Theory in the Study of Religion Brill

On the Production of Religious Configurations

Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Volume 22 (4): 239 – Jan 1, 2010

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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10.1163/157006810X531030
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006810X531030 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 22 (2010) 239-253 brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & On the Production of Religious Configurations 1 Gustavo Benavides Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085, USA gustavo.benavides@villanova.edu Abstract Research on the emergence of the configuration known as “religion” requires tracing the articula- tion among biological, psychological and social processes. This research must take into account evolutionary approaches; first, in terms of hominid evolution, for it is only by taking into con- sideration work on symbolization, language development, the capacity to engage in metacogni- tion and cooperation, the tendency to form hierarchies, engage in violence, sexual differentiation, and related topics, that one can hope to trace the emergence of certain relatively stable features of human behavior. But since symbolization and the other capacities mentioned above are exer- cised in specific social circumstances—which themselves could not have come into existence were it not for the exercise of those capacities—it is essential to

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Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: theory; fashion; science; ideology; discourse

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