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Moralizing gods revisited

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 March 2016

Frans L. Roes*
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Lauriergracht 127-II, 1016 RK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.froes@dds.nlhttp://www.froes.dds.nl

Abstract

Six ideas explaining the existence of moralizing gods are mentioned, and I discuss the words prosocial and antisocial.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016 

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