The Evolution of God

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Little, Brown, Jun 8, 2009 - Religion - 576 pages
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In this sweeping narrative that takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest. And this previously unrecognized evolutionary logic points not toward continued religious extremism, but future harmony.

Nearly a decade in the making, The Evolution of God is a breathtaking re-examination of the past, and a visionary look forward.
 

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This book was very well-done. There was a good flow, good research, and reasoned discussion. I know that our tendency is to rate these sorts of books in ways that reflect how much the author's ... Read full review

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This book would have gotten a five-star rating if the author had not shifted from history to politics. The was a lot to learn and so much detail on this topic but I would have appreciated discussion ... Read full review

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The Shaman
Religion in the Age of Chiefdoms
Gods of the Ancient States
THE EMERGENCE OF ABRAHAMIC MONOTHEISM
From Polytheism to Monolatry
From Monolatry to Monotheism
Philo Story
THE TRIUMPH OF ISLAM
Mecca
Medina
Jihad
Muhammad
GOD GOES GLOBAL OR DOESNT
Well Arent We Special?
By the Way What Is God?

Logos The Divine Algorithm
THE INVENTION OF CHRISTIANITY
The Apostle of Love
Survival of the Fittest Christianity
How Jesus Became Savior
How Human Nature Gave Birth to Religion
A Note on Translations
Bibliography
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