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Darwin's cathedral : evolution, religion, and the nature of society

Author: David Sloan Wilson
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010, ©2002.
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"One of the great intellectual battles of modern times is between evolution and religion. Until now, they have been considered completely irreconcilable theories of origin and existence. David Sloan Wilson's Darwin's Cathedral takes the radical step of joining the two, in the process proposing an evolutionary theory of religion that shakes both evolutionary biology and social theory at their foundations. The key,  Read more...
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Wilson, David Sloan.
Darwin's Cathedral : Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2002017375
(OCoLC)48777441
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Sloan Wilson
ISBN: 9780226901374 0226901378
OCLC Number: 854974433
Notes: "Publication date 16 Sep. 2010"--Ebook opening screen.
Description: 1 online resource (v, 268 pages)
Contents: The view from evolutionary biology --
The view from the social sciences --
Calvinism : an argument from design --
The secular utility of religion : historical examples --
The secular utility of religion : the modern literature --
Forgiveness as a complex adaptation --
Unifying systems.
Responsibility: David Sloan Wilson.
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"One of the great intellectual battles of modern times is between evolution and religion. Until now, they have been considered completely irreconcilable theories of origin and existence. David Sloan Wilson's Darwin's Cathedral takes the radical step of joining the two, in the process proposing an evolutionary theory of religion that shakes both evolutionary biology and social theory at their foundations. The key, argues Wilson, is to think of society as an organism, an old idea that has received new life based on recent developments in evolutionary biology. If society is an organism, can we then think of morality and religion as biologically and culturally evolved adaptations that enable human groups to function as single units rather than mere collections of individuals? Wilson brings a variety of evidence to bear on this question, from both the biological and social sciences. From Calvinism in sixteenth-century Geneva to Balinese water temples, from hunter-gatherer societies to urban America, Wilson demonstrates how religions have enabled people to achieve by collective action what they never could do alone. He also includes a chapter considering forgiveness from an evolutionary perspective and concludes by discussing how all social organizations, including science, could benefit by incorporating elements of religion."--Provided by publisher.

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