Journal article

Self-control, cultural animals, and Big Gods

Tania Reynolds, Roy F Baumeister

BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

As Norenzayan et al. cogently argue, religions that proliferated most successfully did so because they facilitated prosociality and cooperation in large-scale, anonymous groups. One important way that religion promotes cooperation may be through improving self-control. In this comment, we cover some potential obstacles to implementing self-control and how religion can overcome them.