The Evolution of God

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Abacus, 2010 - God - 567 pages
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In The Evolution of God, Robert Wright, award-winning author of the bestselling books Nonzero and The Moral Animal, takes us on a sweeping journey through religious history, from the Stone Age to the Information Age, unveiling along the way an astonishing discovery: that there is a hidden pattern in the way that Judaism, Christianity and Islam have all evolved.

Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, evolutionary psychology and a careful re-reading of the scriptures, Wright's findings repeatedly overturn conventional wisdom and basic assumptions about the great monotheistic faiths.

Looking at the forces that have moved the Abrahamic faiths away from belligerence and intolerance to a higher moral plane, Wright finds that this previously unrecognized evolutionary logic points not toward continued religious extremism as the media would have us believe, but towards future harmony.

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User Review  - bicyclewriter - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

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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About the author (2010)

Robert Wright has written extensively for THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, THE NEW YORKER and TIME magazine, and currently works as a senior editor at THE NEW REPUBLIC.

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