For all its virtues in binding strangers together religious cooperation is born out of competition and conflict between groups it is therefore expected that religious cooperation in turn fuels the very conflicts real or imagined that are perceived to threaten it this is the topic of the next chapter this dynamic helps us understand and resolve the seeming paradox that it is the handmaiden both of cooperation within the group and of conflict between groups big god religions are both . Big gods how religion transformed cooperation and conflict by norenzayan ara pp xiii is an effective motivator of cooperative behaviour and particularly in societies where the government lacks the resources to maintain law and order this belief may promote economic growth because it creates the possibility of trust between strangers this is not a new idea but in recent years it . Big gods how religion transformed cooperation and conflict has been that exceedingly rare gem of reading for me an exceptionally well written coherent and accessible academic book through diligently documented reviews and analyses of current research in a wide range of academic disciplines dr norenzayan argues that belief in a powerful god who is assumed to be aware of believers behaviours has played an important and necessary role in policing human beings ability to transact and . In his new book big gods how religion transformed cooperation and con fli ct ara norenzayan provides a compelling case for a cultural adaptation model of religion based on the proposition that
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