For a long time, the focus within the history of religion was on individual case studies more than on the development of more general theories. However, current processes of globalization cast a new light on historical developments, leading to an increase of entangled and world history theories. It is this development which the research project THERE – Theory and Empiricism of Religious Evolution ties in to.

The theory to be developed within this project follows the paradigms of evolution because

Accordingly, the research project is based on the following assumptions: