Linnaeus & Homo Religiosus

Biological Roots of Religious Awareness & Human Identity


Edited By Carl R. Brakenhielm
December 2009
Uppsala University Press
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ISBN: 9789155476410
230 pages, Illustrated
$65.00 Paper original

Are we by nature religious and how should we then understand Homo Modernus (the modern man), who seems to lack religuous awareness? What are the biological roots of religion and the genetic basis for religious experience? How can we relate contemporary biological and theological theories of human nature to one another?

These questions were the background of a conference arranged by the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala university on the 30th of May to the 2nd of June 2007. The conference was a part of the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl von Linne. The theme of the conference was "Linneaus and Homo Religious-Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Biological Roots of Religious Awareness and Human Identity." This volume contains most of the lectures and papers from this conference.


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