By Jacob A. Belzen, Leslie J. Francis, Ralph W. Hood

The Archive for the Psychology of Religion/Archiv f?r Religionspsychologie is the oldest medium within the psychology of faith. it's the legit organ of the Internationale Gesellschaft f?r Religionspsychologie (International organization for the Psychology of faith [IAPR]) based in 1914. Following a reorganization of the IAPR in 2001, the Archiv is now released as a world, peer-reviewed journal.The present editorship is shared via Jacob A. Belzen, Leslie J. Francis and Ralph W. Hood, Jr. The Archive for the Psychology of Religion/Archiv f?r Religionspsychologie is open to all medical methodologies, quantitative and qualitative in addition to to tested and cutting edge conceptual and theoretical views within the psychology of faith.

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The idea of “an eye for an eye” seems to go hand-inglove with the Golden Rule, and similarly appears a fairly direct reflection of the same reasoning. In this way ethical systems, including religious ones, reflect our evolved patterns of reasoning about social exchange. 32 lee a. kirkpatrick Coalitional Psychology Another central feature of our evolved psychology, one shared with many of our primate cousins, concerns coalitional psychology. In short, our evolved psychology appears to contain a suite of mechanisms for distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys, or the ingroup from the outgroup, and then giving preferential treatment to the good guys.

Less costly) to mistake an animal for a person than the other way around. In other words, anthropomorphism represents a kind of inevitable error resulting 38 lee a. kirkpatrick commonly from the design of our evolved psychology (cf. again Atran, 2002). Evidence for the anthropomorphizing inherent in people’s reasoning about God has been demonstrated in the laboratory. Why Religious Beliefs Succeed The idea that religious beliefs represent analogical extensions of our evolved psychology seems straightforward, but raises some intriguing questions about how and why this happens.

Most religious belief systems include reference to, if not emphasis on, ethical rules and norms. And despite considerable cross-cultural variability, certain moral precepts appear to be universal. Perhaps most evident among these are ethical mores reflecting the principles of reciprocal altruism, fair social exchange, and the detection and punishment of cheaters. Virtually all such codes, from Christianity to Confucianism, include some variation on the Golden-Rule theme “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” which is about as explicit a statement of reciprocity as one could hope to find.

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