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Jason Slone

slone-pic-2-1 D. Jason Slone, PhD
Professor, Religious Studies
Newton 1122C

PhD, Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University (2002)

I specialize in the comparative social scientific study of religion. I’m interested in explaining the patterns of religious belief and behavior that have been identified across cultures and eras in terms of the evolutionary and cognitive mechanisms involved in their production and transmission (e.g., how memory biases the spread of “theologically incorrect” folk concepts over orthodox theological concepts). I am also broadly interested in theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion, including bridging the sciences and the humanities by, for example, using experimental methods to test humanistic claims. Finally, I’m interested in applying insights from the cognitive sciences and cultural studies to the science of teaching and learning (SoTL).
  • Introduction to Religion
  • Religion, Sports, and Society
  • World Religions
Slone, D.J., and William McCorkle (Eds.). (Forthcoming, 2018). The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Methodological Introduction. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
 the-attraction-of-religion Slone, D.J., and J.Van Slyke (Eds.) (2016). The Attraction of Religion: A New Evolutionary Psychology of Religion. London: Bloomsbury Academic Press.
 religion-and-cognition Slone, D.J. (Ed.). (2006). Religion and Cognition: A Reader. London: Routledge.
 theological-incorrectness Slone, D.J. (2004). Theological Incorrectness: Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn’t. New York: Oxford University Press.

Last updated: 12/19/2023