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The evolution of God

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1st ed.

In this sweeping narrative that takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest. And this previously unrecognized evolutionary logic points not toward continued religious extremism, but future harmony.--From publisher description.

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  • ISBN: 9780316734912 :
  • ISBN: 0316734918
  • Physical Description: viii, 567 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2009.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [489]-554) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Pt. 1: The birth and growth of gods. The primordial faith ; The shaman ; Religion in the age of chiefdoms ; Gods of the ancient states -- Pt. 2: The emergence of Abrahamic monotheism. Polytheism, the religion of ancient Israel ; From polytheism to monolatry ; From monolatry to monotheism ; Philo story ; Logos: the divine algorithm -- Pt. 3: The invention of Christianity. What did Jesus do? ; The apostle of love ; Survival of the fittest Christianity ; How Jesus became savior -- Pt. 4: The triumph of Islam. The Koran ; Mecca ; Medina ; Jihad ; Muhammad -- Pt. 5: God goes global (or doesn't): The moral imagination ; Well, aren't we special? -- Afterword: By the way, what is God? -- Appendix: How human nature gave birth to religion.
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In this sweeping narrative that takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest. And this previously unrecognized evolutionary logic points not toward continued religious extremism, but future harmony.--From publisher description.
Subject: God > History of doctrines.
Monotheism > History.
Religions > Relations.


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