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Breaking the spell : religion as a natural phenomenon

Author: Daniel C Dennett
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Dennett, D.C. (Daniel Clement).
Breaking the spell.
New York : Viking, ©2006
(DLC) 2005042415
(OCoLC)61240665
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel C Dennett
ISBN: 9781101218860 110121886X 067003472X 9780670034727
OCLC Number: 883314634
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed June 19, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Daniel C. Dennett.

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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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