The evolution of evolutionary studies of religion reached a new stage these days: Routledge issued the first volume of "Religion, Brain & Behavior" (RBB), the first scientific and peer-reviewed journal specialized on the topic!
The journal is issued together with the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion (IBCSR, to which I am a member) and it's interdisciplinary approach is reflected by its editors: Patrick McNamara (Neurology, Boston), Richard Sosis (Anthropology, Connecticut), Wesley Wildman (Theology, Boston) and James Haag (Philosophy, Suffolk). The Editorial Advisory Board is a who-is-who of prominent scientists in the field!
The first volume is presenting articles about afertlife belifsby Judith Bek and Suzanne Lock, about "sponaneous processing of functional and non-functional action sequenzes" by Kristoffer Nielbo and Jesper Sorensen and about Tyvan cher eezi and the socioecological constraints of supernatural agents' minds by Benjamin Grant Purzycki.
Then, a thoughtfull "target article" is presented by Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray, titled: "Evolutionary accounts of belief in supernatural punishment: a critical review". It is followed by no less than eight sound commentaries from diverse colleagues such as Joseph Bulbulia and Marcus Frean, Emma Cohen, Rolando de Aguiar and Lee Cronk, Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt, Dominic Johnson, Ryan Nichols, Ilkka Pyysiäinen, Azim Shariff and, finally, another response by Schloss and Murray (cordially referred to as "S&M" by the commentaries).
These last years, articles about the evolutionary roots of religiosity and religions kind of exploded throughout the scientific world, as shown by a graph from the IBSCR:
With Religion, Brain and Behavior, a new journal has come to light which will help to further and focus the ongoing researches and debates in the thriving field of evolutionary studies.