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Modes of Religiosity : A Cognitive Theory of Religious Transmission - Harvey Whitehouse

Modes of Religiosity

A Cognitive Theory of Religious Transmission

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Religions_whatever else they may be_are configurations of cultural information reproduced across space and time. Beginning with this seemingly obvious fact of religious transmission, Harvey Whitehouse goes on to construct a testable theory of how religions are created, passed on, and changed. At the center of his theory are two divergent 'modes of religiosity:' the imagistic and the doctrinal.

Harvey Whitehouse's Modes of Religiosity is very serious, part of a new movement that challenges everything that is usually written about religiosity. -- Mary Douglas, University College, London
Recommended. -- E.O. Springsted, General Theological Seminary * CHOICE *
An important book on ritual theory. * International Review Of Biblical Studies *
For the specialist in religious studies as well as the scholar willing to venture into a different aspect of this discipline, there is no doubt on the part of this reviewer that careful attention to Whitehouse' text, theory and arguments will pay large dividends. * Bridges *
This book is wide-ranging and is a valuable contribution to the study of religion. * History of Religions, May 2008 *
In his ambitious new book, Harvey Whitehouse develops his influential 'modes of religiosity' theory, robustly defends it against his critics and bravely provides predictions to be tested against the world's religions, past and present. It is a huge step forward in our understanding of religion-the most curious, creative, and at times deeply destructive, force that resides within the human mind. -- Steven Mithen, University of Reading

Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. I
Cognition and Religious Transmission
First Principles for Explaining Religion and Ritualp. 15
Cognitively Optimal Religionp. 29
Cognitively Costly Religionp. 49
The Theory of Modes of Religiosity
The Theory of Modes of Religiosityp. 63
Ritual and Meaning in the Doctrinal Modep. 87
Ritual and Meaning in the Imagistic Modep. 105
Religious Enthusiasm and Its Limitsp. 119
Theoretical and Empirical Challenges
Theoretical Challengesp. 139
Empirical Challengesp. 157
Epilogue: Cumulative Theory Building in the Cognitive Science of Religionp. 171
Referencesp. 175
Indexp. 187
About the Authorp. 193
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ISBN: 9780759106147
ISBN-10: 0759106142
Series: Cognitive Science of Religion
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.44