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Religion is Not about God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture our Biological Nature and What to Expect When They Fail Paperback – July 24, 2006


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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (July 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813539552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813539553
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loyal Rue has written a bold, scholarly, and gracefully composed discussion of the complex realtions between the concepts of God and religion. I learned a great deal from the rich tapestry of facts that filled the gaps in my understanding of the history of these ideas and believe that readers will enjoy a similar intellectual experience.
(Jerome Kagan research Professor of Psychology, Harvard University)

About the Author

Loyal Rue, two-time Templeton Award winner, is a professor of philosophy and religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dowd on November 6, 2009
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This is a fabulous book that deserves a wide readership. In a world torn by inter-religious strife and the seeming never-ending battle between faith and reason, few things are more important than helping religious and nonreligious people alike celebrate the mythic/religious impulse of humanity from a science-based, naturalistic perspective. I simply cannot recommend this book too highly. Also see his earlier masterpiece, "Everybody's Story".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas T. Hawes on May 27, 2012
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This was the third and best book I have read written by Loyal Rue. He develops here a general theory of religion in this book. Yet you do not have to be a psychology or philosophy major to read the book. I for one am a retired agronomist or horticulturist. He approaches the subject from an evolutionary psychologist point of view, emphasising human nature. Rue claims religion is not about God it is about us. It is not about coping with insecurities, it is about group survival.

Rue's approach is to examine the following five religions(Judaism,Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) to show how they fit his criteria. Then he adds Consumerism to this list, somewhat tongue-in-cheek I think. However, he does note that the prosperity gospel that appears to be a part of this 'religion' may be a "well-funded source of resistance" against promoting the view that sustainable goals and policies must be enacted to save civilization. He, like I and many others worry that we are using the world's resources at an unsustainable rate.

Read this book and find out what the religions of this world have in common as they serve man.
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0 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Homunculus on July 8, 2009
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By the Grace of Guile: The Role of Deception in Natural History and Human Affairs

First, do not let my "one-star" rating dismay you or retard your interest in reading any of Dr. Rue's books. He is an interesting writer and no-doubt a beguiling lecturer. My review is more of an example of Dr. Rue's life-paradigm/belief system, to put context into "Religion Is Not About God." The reader then can be informed (truthfully) as to the perspective from which Dr. Rue writes. Once that perspective becomes clear (which is best understood by reading his ESSENTIAL MASTERWORK "By the Grace of Guile", 1994, $60 on Amazon!), a discerning reader then understands the template from which all utterances from Dr. Rue must be translated. As such my review serves (using his version of reality) as truly a "five-star" rating, except for the modifier "truly", which for him contaminates the point almost (but not quite) completely.

Yet that is a good thing, since mere mortals (such as myself) need the grace of greater intellects (such as himself) to tell us "just-so" stories we need to hear (and believe, like global warming, or "Religion Is Not About God") so that world peace and human commerce can chug along unabated, allowing his tenure at Luther College to lazily continue into the cold sunset of the Iowa plains. And that is an end that truly is worthy of being called truth, even though he believes ardently there is no such thing (well, almost).

Since the above two reviewers have ably discussed the content of Dr. Rue's latest excursion into post-modern truth-teasing, I am lead to shine the light of reality on Dr.
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