That gods and spirits are construed very much like persons is probably one of the best-known traits of religion. Indeed, the Greeks had already noticed that people create gods in their own image.... All this is familiar, indeed so familiar that for a long time anthropologists forgot that this propensity requires an explanation. Why then are gods and spirits so much like humans?
Peppering his study with examples from all over the world, particularly the Fang people of Africa, Boyer offers plenty of evidence for his theory that religious institutions exist to maintain particular threads of social integrity. Though he uses the tools of evolutionary psychology, he is more careful than most EP proponents to avoid ad hoc and circular arguments. Best of all, at least to those unmortified at the idea of examining religion critically, his theories are potentially testable. Even if he turns out to be dead wrong, at least Religion Explained offers a new and powerful framework for thinking about our spiritual lives. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Great book for anyone interested in the science of religion! A must read if you are interested in the cognitive science of religion.Published 9 days ago by Alex R.
Takes a bit to follow but its worth it. An entirely new way of thinking about relig
on and mind.
After greatly enjoying Lakoff and Nunez' "Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics into Being" and reading the eminent Todd Stark's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Quinton Fox
Deep. Educational. I read it ages ago and still spite it on my shelf and nod respectfully. If you want to get intimate at an at a more endemic level with the topic, challenge... Read morePublished 4 months ago by rob0bOy
Clarity into the "why's" people maintain and have a propensity toward invisible agents like god or ghosts. Acquiring a scientific mindset takes more "unnatural". Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Jeffery
I felt lost trying to follow what the author was saying. Did not enjoy the book. Will not use this book next semester.Published 5 months ago by Kathryn LaRoche
I bought, read, and reviewed this book as it had been cited as a reference in another scientific book on the subject of evolution; an area I study, lecture, and teach. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C E Stanley
This book was easy to read and understand. It supplied the information I was looking for. It explained the origin of religions.Published 8 months ago by John W. Joffrion
Interesting but fails to prove it's thesis. Some assumptions seem rather shaky and based on a rather shotgun support. Better to borrow from your local library than purchase.Published 9 months ago by Chasard