Are Communal Rituals Deceptive?

James Croft summarizes and replies to Tom Flynn: Flynn begins by considering the function of collective ritual in religious congregations. He notes that such practices (although he is unhelpfully unspecific regarding which ones, only vaguely mentioning “touching, swaying, singing, and the rest”) “promote physical responses such as endorphin release, suffusing participants with a sense of [Read More…]

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