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leading theories of divine beings and religious concepts: Guthrie’s (1993) perceptual schema theory and Boyer’s (1994) cognitive optimum theory. Guthrie’s (1993) perceptual schema theory emphasizes the anthropomorphization of deity features from humanistic qualities embedded and derived within one

In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion
Authors: Ann Taves and Michael Barlev

’s “cognitive optimum theory” to historical texts, using divine epithets in Assyro-Babylonian texts as a case study. In addition to offering a proposal for a more principled way of working with historical texts, he suggests in conclusion that textual traditions may allow concepts to veer off the cognitive

In: Numen