How Language Creates and Sustains Religion: How Differences Between Language-mediated Thought Processing and Evolved Preconscious Thought Processing Gives Rise to Religion

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Trafford Publishing, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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The nature of religion is a topic that has endlessly fascinated thoughtful humans from the times of the ancient Greeks to the present. There are many theories of and about religion. Many of them are functional theories based on the psychological, sociological, anthropological, or pragmatic uses and usefulness of religion for individuals and for groups. The weakness of such explanations is that they rely on the circular argument that the uses of religion are its source.
"How Language Creates and Sustains Religion" explores a novel theory proposing that religion, in its twin aspects of spirituality and religiosity, originates and is sustained as a result of differences between human language or verbal thought processes and the innate neurological thought process that is a characteristic of all vertebrate animals. In a tour-de-force that combines some of the latest discoveries from neurology with knowledge from psychology, evolution and linguistics, the author explains the source and the nature of religion as it springs from the evolved brain of human beings.

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Teviah Estrinis a retired university professor. He has applied a lifetime of reading and study in the areas of evolutionary psychology, sociology, and linguistics, As well as new developments in the area of brain science, To unraveling some of the mysteries of religion and to a reconciliation of religion with science.

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