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The Vanquished Gods: Science, Religion, and the Nature of Belief (Prometheus Lectures) Hardcover – June 1, 2001
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"The serious reader will be profoundly challenged by his conclusions." -- The Review of Metaphysics, September 2004
"the most devastating and biting critique this reviewer has ever come across in the vast field of science versus religion" -- National Jewish Post & Opinion
"wide-ranging discussion of biblical criticism, religious history, scientific progress and ideas, and particularly modern biology and its implications for society." -- About.com
From the Author
"I maintain, without serious misgivings or regrets, that the Age of Religion is coming to an end. There arrives a time when major institutions of the past become outmoded, whatever their previous glory; history is a graveyard of discarded religions, philosophies, ideologies, and political systems." ---From the Introduction
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Schlagel combines into one very readable volume a short history of the human species, the developments in Western thought, philosophy, and a critique of the major religious movements. The author makes a compelling case for the inadequacy of religious thought and for the superiority of the scientific method for solving mankind's problems. He does not convince me of the likelihood of that eventuality.
The scope of this book is tremendous. I would recommend it highly to the reader prepared to rethink human history in the broadest possible way. This book endeavors, with suprising success, to bring together the historical, philosophical, religious and scientific principles to allow the reader to truly see the "big picture" of human history.