The Complexity of Popular Religiosity: A Cognitive and Symbolic Approach

in Journal of Cognition and Culture
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?



Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.



Help

Have Institutional Access?



Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?



Connect

Popular religiosity manifests itself alongside a heterogeneous continuum of beliefs, behaviours, modes of thinking and modes of living that flows between two poles: the experiential pole and the normative pole. A central theme in this paper will be that all forms of religiosity originate in a combination of innate predispositions and cultural upbringing; hence human religious experience needs to be approached by combining both cognitive and symbolic approaches. To this effect, this paper attempts to make use of an ethnographic research into ordinary forms of religiosity in order to show that religious ideas are not only parasitic upon evolved human cognitive abilities, as mainstream cognitive approaches to religion have claimed, but also on human symbolic languages, which in turn should be seen as a by-product of those evolved cognitive abilities.

Sections

References

BanerjeeK.BloomP. Would Tarzan belief in God? Conditions for the emergence of religious belief Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2013 17 7 8

BarrettJ.L. Exploring the natural foundations of religion Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2000 4 29 34

BeringJ.M. The existential theory of mind Review of General Psychology 2002 6 3 24

BoyerP. Religion explained Basic Books 2001 New York, NY

CornellT. Believers, sceptics, and charlatans. Evidential rhetoric, the fairies, and fairy healers in Irish oral narrative and belief Folklore 2005 116 1 18

DavieG. Religion in Britain since 1945 Believing without belonging 1994 Oxford Blackwell

FondevilaSMartín-LoechesM.Jiménez-OrtegaL.CasadoP.SelA.FernándezA.SommerW. The sacred and the absurd – an electrophysiological study of counterintuitive ideas (at sentence level) Social Neuroscience 2012 7 445 457

GelmanS.A.LegareC.H. Concepts and folk theories Annual Reviews of Anthropology 2011 40 379 398

LakoffG.JohnsonM. Metaphors we live by 1980 Chicago, IL University of Chicago Press

LeslieA.M. SperberD.PremackD.PremackA.D. A theory of agency Causal cognition: A multidisciplinary debate 1995 Oxford Clarendon Press 121 141

LuhrmannT.M. When God talks back Understanding the evangelical relationship with God 2012 New York, NY Vintage Books

McCauleyR. Why religion is natural and science is not 2011 Oxford Oxford University Press

MulhollandP. Moving statues and concrete thinking Quaderns de l’Institut Català d’Antropologia 2007 23 160 179

Ó HéalíP. Moral values in Irish religious tales Béaloideas 1974–1976 42–44 176 212

RyanT.KirakowskiJ. Ballinspittle Moving statues and faith 1985 Dublin Mercier Press

SalazarC. CornejoM.CantónM.Llera PlanesR. Meaning, cognition and intersubjectivity in the experience of a religious event Teorías y prácticas emergentes en la antropología de la religión 2008 San Sebastián Ankulegi 239 252

SkorupskiJ. Symbol and theory A philosophical study of theories of religion in social anthropology 1976 Cambridge Cambridge University Press

SperberD. Explaining culture A naturalistic approach 1996 Oxford Blackwell

TóibínC. Seeing is believing Moving statues in Ireland 1985 Mountrath Pilgrim Press

WhitehouseH. Modes of religiosity A cognitive theory of religious transmission 2004 Walnut Creek, CA Altamira Press

Information

Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 14 14 7
Full Text Views 2 2 2
PDF Downloads 1 1 1
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0