If you are only going to read one book on the topic I'd recommend Religion Explained.
Disadvantage: As excellent as this book is, I would have enjoyed it more had Atran made an effort to make it more readable and less technical.
It's a fitting conclusion to a book closely examining how science has addressed the phenomenon of human belief in the supernatural.
Excellent information but presented in a very academic, circuitous manor. Not an easy read.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting topic. Only a mild interest here got me to try it but I was sucked into wanting to know so much more, I read this years ago and only now got around to reviewing it... Read morePublished 4 months ago by rob0bOy
This was a very complicated study, but I found it very revealing. In my opinion his review of the history of religion and religious impulses are more objective than trying to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Charles W Sutherland
All societies at all times have exhibited religions but it is hard to really understand why. Scott Atran characterises a religion as `a community's costly and hard-to-fake... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nigel Seel
Why do people worship gods they can't see and believe the absurd (or counterintuitive as the author puts it)? Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by J. Davis
I am a reasonably intelligent person who, for the first time in his life, has been reading about religion. I started with Karen Armstrong's In the Beginning. Read morePublished on March 19, 2010 by Alan Baily
This is a quite extraordinary book, full of rich insights, interesting theorizing, and the product of a life time of study of world religions. I learned a lot. Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by Historied
After reading In Gods We Trust, Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell, and Pascal Boyer's Religion Explained (in that order), I have to recommend my favorite on this topic, Religion... Read morePublished on April 28, 2008 by Adam D. Shomsky
This book is no beach read. It is dense, technical, and written in a rather stiff prose style. It is, however, absolutely the best book available on the evolutionary origin of... Read morePublished on July 26, 2007 by Ambulocetus