Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Feb 2, 2006 - Religion - 464 pages
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For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike.
  

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Very easy to read but doesn't hold back on the details. - Goodreads
Convoluted writing... - Goodreads
A great beginning to research on this field. - Goodreads
He keeps justifying his need for writing the book. - Goodreads
Thank you Daniel Dennett for writing this book. - Goodreads

Review: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

User Review  - A.al-hashemi - Goodreads

My advice? Watch the 1 hour lecture on youtube summarizing the pivotal points of the book, given by Daniel Dennett himself. Even if you don't want to read the book, watch the lecture- it's really ... Read full review

Review: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

User Review  - Dan Burton - Goodreads

A very approachable book. The author goes to great lengths -- perhaps too great, at times -- to break each concept gently to the reader. His pandering and half-apologizing (to the religious audience ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
PART I
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
PART II
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B
APPENDIX C
APPENDIX D
Notes

CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
PART III

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