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The role of religious practices in cultural evolution and the
interrelations of religious and other cultural practices are the topics of
this paper. This paper provides a descriptive analysis of the social and
historical conditions of which religious practices have been generated.
Additionally, the relation of religious practices to the outcome of
cultural survival is discussed. Our analysis draws upon a number of
distinctions: cultural vs. noncultural practices, religious vs.
nonreligious, religious vs. moral, and moral vs. other cultural practices.
We address the significance of these distinctions to the role of
religious practices in cultural survival and conclude with a discussion
of the challenges facing behavior analysts as cultural engineers.