THERE – Theory and Empiricism of Religious Evolution: Foundation of a Research Program

5. Communication-Theoretical Foundation of Systems Theory and the Theory of Evolution

In the sense of a religious a priori – for instance, as with Rudolf Otto (1920, 205) and Ernst Troeltsch (1913) – or a genetic predisposition (Grinde 1998). A genetic predisposition cannot be clearly evidenced in comparison with socio-cultural environmental factors. Genes may moderately affect individual religiosity, but they are in no way more important than socio-cultural influences; for an overview and study, cf. Lewis and Bates (2013).

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