||My name is Michael Blume.
Thanks for your interest the scientific study of religion!
I do enjoy researching and teaching ”Religionswissenschaft“ (at the Universities of Heidelberg, Leipzig and Jena), as the interdisciplinary and comparative study of religion is called in German. Besides a wonderful (Christian-Muslim) family and a captivating job, the interdisciplinary, evolutionary approach to religion remains my personal passion: Evolutionary Studies of Religiosity and Religion(s).
Evolutionary Studies of Religion - The Reproductive Potentials of Religiosity
After a promotional thesis about religiosity and the brain sciences, I focussed on the fertility rates of religious people in Europe and worldwide. My empirical findings corresponded with evolutionary hypotheses by nobel prize winner Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992). He had assumed that biocultural "reproductive advantages" of religions would emerge out of competitive, (bio-)cultural evolution. What's more, contemporary evolutionary theory & demographics are breaking fresh ground by explaining gender differences in religious behavior (as part of family-and-community-forming processes), celibacy (functioning as helpers at the nest) and more. In our time, there's a new and testable, evolutionary picture under construction. And a big part of the respective fun is the chance to team with colleagues from diverse scientific fields and cultural backgrounds!
* "Evolutionary Studies of Religiosity and Religions, started by Charles Darwin", Lecture at the 13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), Tübingen University 2011
* "Two realms, one winner? Scientific vs. Religious ‘Knowledge’ in Evolutionary Perspective", Paper given at Reason and Belief in the Societies of Knowledge, Barcelona 2011
* "God in the Brain. How much can "Neurotheology" explain?", In: Becker, P., Diewald, U. (Hrsg.) 2011: Zukunftsperspektiven im theologisch-naturwissenschaftlichen Dialog., Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2011, S. 306-314
* "The Reproductive Advantage of Religiosity - Bristol 2010", Lecture at the "Explaining Religion" Conference, Bristol University 2010 (PowerPoint-Sheets)
* "Von Hayek and the Amish Fertility. How religious communities manage to be fruitful and multiply. A Case study", in: Frey, Ulrich (Hrsg.), The Nature of God - Evolution and Religion", Tectum Verlag Marburg 2010
* "The Reproductive Benefits of Religious Affiliation", in: Voland, E.; Schiefenhövel, W.: "The Biological Evolution of Religious Mind and Behavior", Springer Frontiers Collection 2009.
* "Homo Religiosus. The Natural History of Religion",
Opening Text to the Scilog "Biology of Religion", May 2009
* "Muslim Religiousness by Age Group",
Religion Monitor 2008: Muslim Religiousness in Germany, Bertelsmann Stiftung 2008 (p. 44 - 49)
* "The Reproductive Benefits of Religiosity. Empirical findings of Religion, Reproduction and Female Choice towards a Sociobiology of Religion",
International Conference “Trans-Cultural Universals: Biological evolution of religiosity”, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) – Institute for Advanced Study, September 2007
* "Religiosity as a demographic factor - An underestimated connection?"
Michael Blume, Carsten Ramsel, Sven Graupner, Marburg Journal of Religion, June 2006
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Main Book (German)
"Gott, Gene und Gehirn. Warum Glaube nützt. Die Evolution der Religiosität.", Hirzel 2009.
Scilog (Science Weblog)
As a contribution to the international network of scientists in the "Evolutionary Religious Studies (ERS)", I started the English Scilog "Biology of Religion".
I am also contributing as the Religion-editor at EVOLUTION - THIS VIEW OF LIFE-Magazine and a member to the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion (IBCSR).
With evolutionary greetings from Filderstadt, Germany
Dr. Michael Blume