Martin Riesebrodt

Martin Riesebrodt is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Chicago. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg, and his Ph.D. Habilitation at the University of Munich. Among his publications are Pious Passion: The Emergence of Modern Fundamentalism in the United States and Iran (1993) and The Promise of Salvation: A Theory of Religion (2010).

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Dangerous evolutions?

Religion in Human Evolution is an immensely ambitious book on a topic only a scholar of Robert Bellah’s stature could dare to tackle. It attempts no less than to explain human biological as well as cultural evolution in one sweep, beginning with early hominids and ending with the “axial age.” Bellah engages evolutionary biology as well as cognitive psychology for the framing of his argument. This is a courageous move of transcending conventional disciplinary boundaries, for which he should be applauded. At the same time, it draws Bellah into positions he might actually not always be comfortable with.

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