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The evolution of God

Author: Robert Wright
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Back Bay pbk edView all editions and formats
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In this sweeping narrative that takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Wright
ISBN: 9780316067447 031606744X
OCLC Number: 464589546
Awards: Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction 2010.
Description: xiv, 567 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The birth and growth of gods. The primordial faith --
The shaman --
Religion in the age of chiefdoms --
Gods of the ancient states --
The emergence of Abrahamic monotheism. Polytheism, the religion of ancient Israel --
From polytheism to monolatry --
From monolatry to monotheism --
Philo story --
Logos : the divine algorithm --
The invention of Christianity. What did Jesus do? --
The apostle of love --
Survival of the fittest Christianity --
How Jesus became savior --
The triumph of Islam. The Koran --
Mecca --
Medina --
Jihad --
Muhammad --
God goes global (or doesn't). The moral imagination --
Well, aren't we special? --
Afterword. By the way, what is God? --
Appendix. How human nature gave birth to religion --
A note on translations.
Responsibility: Robert Wright.

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In this sweeping narrative that takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils 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.--From publisher description.

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