It’s telling that one kind of evolution always seems to be missing from these “theories” about the evolutionary origins of religion.
Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass and I spoke on the topic of God and Evolution.
C. John Collins points out that Venema’s use of “language evolution” is a poor analogy for (his form of) biological evolution.
You think Adolf Hitler is dead? In a physical sense, yes, but he lives on in ludicrous comparisons that political and cultural partisans seem unable to stop themselves from making.
There’s no doubt that the confrontation with Darwinian evolution in the 19th century stole much of the confidence of traditional faith leaders.