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Top Customer Reviews
"The Invention of God" is a fascinating look at how early humans made sense about the world. Bill Lauritzen's interesting background as a psychologist, engineer, inventor, and just pure curiosity of our world has lead him to some fascinating theories about the origins of religion and science. This 432 KB digital book is composed of the following nine chapters: 1. The Pharaohs' Volcanoes, 2. Volcanic Lightning Bolts, 3. The Bible's Volcanoes, 4. The Volcano Gods, 5. Geological Creation and Destruction, 6. The Chemistry of the Soul, 7. The Oxygen Gods, 8. The Worship of Oxygen, and 9. Connecting the Dots.
1. A meticulously researched book that provides a unique look at the origins of religion and science.
2. A well conceived theory backed by compelling evidence.
3. How the religions of the world emerged from the same natural phenomena.
4. I will never look at volcanoes the same way ever again.
5. An interesting look at historical gods.
6. Fire, earth, air and water...
7. How volcanoes inspired creation stories.
8. Did Atlas held the world on his shoulders? Find out.
9. How volcanism was responsible for the large percentage of the land-masses of the Earth.
10. An interesting list of potential catastrophic mega-explosions in the near future.
11. Absolutely loved the chapter about the origin of spirits and souls!
12. Thought- provoking interesting thoughts and quotes, "Man would rather believe than know..."
13. The origin of science, an interesting look.
14. The value of simplicity to convey ideas.
15. A new twist on tornadoes.
16. Hunter, gatherers and seafarers oh my.
17. The purpose of pyramids.
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Lauritzen's book is a bold attempt to explain the emergence of religion as a response to the natural environment, cooked up in ignorance or awe or a need to understand. I don't automatically subscribe to the key theses presented because I'm not sure how testable these ideas are, but they are plausible and thus serve as a more than adequate narrative for how religion can emerge in a species with our peculiar brain living on this particular planet. "The Invention of God" also supports my thesis: Left alone, non-religious groups of people who also lack science will invent religion, probably quicker than they'll invent science. There is no great adaptive reason for that. Just an unfortunate consequence of having a half baked intelligence as one of our traits!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Orgin myth is just as good as all the other origin myths(religions) on earth.
I enjoyed his hypothesis and was happy to entertain his idea. Read more
I like how the author makes the material very relatable, without talking down to the reader. Not many writers can manage that nowadays.Published 3 months ago by Scott Grattan
Awesome! Eyes opened, mind blown.
This is the stuff children should be taught at an early age.
I'm a member of several discussion groups on Google and Facebook, and every month or so another promotional post arrives from Bill. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tyson Adams
I think the argument stretches a little but the book stimulates one to think about the connection between natural occurrences that fascinated ancient man and their representations... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Taimur Rahman
This book is apparently inspired by the Author's love of walking about volcanoes rather than the unearthing of any real factual, research material. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by robuck
This is the worst book I've read in a long time, and I must confess that I only got about a third of the way through it. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by N. D. Schey