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The Invention of God: The Natural Origins of Mythology and Religion by [Lauritzen, Bill]
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From the Author

This is the second edition of this book. Some chapters were removed from this edition and and will made into separate books.

About the Author

Bill Lauritzen is an accomplished author, inventor, engineer, and scientist, and has been called a "Renaissance Man." His multidisciplinary approach has enabled him to make contributions in several fields, including education, mathematics, and cognitive science. His website is Earth360.com.

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  • File Size: 1991 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: www.BillLauritzen.com (January 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002FB650G
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By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14, 2011
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The Invention of God by Bill Lauritzen

"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.

Positives:
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.
18.
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Contrary to popular belief God did not create man - On the other hand Man created God as a crutch for himself during his difficult times. A very rationalist view point.
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This non-fiction book is criminally underrated. It's a crime that more people have not read it. After reading it myself (in a little more than 24 hours, mind you) I found "The Invention of God" awesome and spectacularly seminal: i.e., useful. I originally felt that perhaps anything contained in this book will have been information already covered in my previous readings or studies. However, it truly offers new knowledge and insight (at least to me) in the historical sense. Meaning - to my admitted surprise - it offers to me and contributes to my knowledge, despite that I've read Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Democritus, Lucretius, Dante, Montaigne, Bacon, Ibn Sinna, Ibn Rushd, Voltaire, Descartes, Marx, Nietzsche, Goethe, Darwin, Paine, Russell, Mencken, Heidegger, Twain, Orwell, Sagan, Harris, Plantinga, Dawkins, Dennett or Hitchens (and etc). So, I thought this book would not offer me any new information as so many "New Atheist" authors tend to belabor the ideas and concepts of the history of anti-theism, but then I took a chance on this novel (in purchasing it) and found it useful despite all of that. Definitely worth the purchase! That is why I'm writing my first review on Amazon about this book: it's an injustice that it isn't more popular. If only [the author] were a professor of History (because this book is highly historical and geological and gives a rare historical look into the myths of religions), then perhaps this book would have more clout in the publishing world (since full professors are usually required to publish with academic publishing houses and have "their foot in the door"). Definitely a must-read for any theist-apologist (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Jain, Hindu, Shinto or ANY) and a must-have in the book-shelf of any anti-theist literary collection.
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By Alex Lopez on September 1, 2010
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First and foremost I echo everything that has already been said about the contents of this book. Absolutely sheds light on the whole topic of religion and their origins. I began reading this unaware of what was in store for me and quickly found myself mesmerized by the contents of this book. Simply put it just makes perfect sense to me, and I highly recommend it. Reading it I immediately felt like I had to share this with anyone interested in such a subject, I can't recommend this book enough. If you have made it this far, reading this review, then your obviously the right person for this book, just buy it, you can thank me later, and write your own review to help get this word out.
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As an anthropologist, I've thought quite a bit about how religion emerged in our species. I tend to agree with Jane Goodall that the origins of something like religion may be more fundamental to our family (as hominoids) than to our species, at a very rudimentary level. I disagree with many of my fellow atheists, who exhibit what I would consider wishful thinking that if religion was removed from the world it would not come back very quickly; I think it is reinvented in everyone who has it, through a combination of enculturation and experience.

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!
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