“Why Women Are Bound to Religion”

R. Elisabeth Cornwell has an interesting article online, “Why Women Are Bound to Religion: An Evolutionary Perspective.”

Women are, statistically speaking, more religious than men. Cornwell speculates that this has to do with female social conservatism, tendency to avoid risks, and higher dependence on social networks for reproductive success.

I don’t understand why the article favors women emancipating themselves from religion. The more obvious step, I would think, would be to adopt more woman-friendly forms of supernatural belief, not to drop supernatural belief entirely. Why, if women can successfully pressure religions to take a more liberal, feminist orientation, should they become more atheistic?

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Professor of physics at Truman State University


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