The Atlantic (The 11 Best Psychology Books of 2011)
"A balanced and considered approach to this often inflammatory topic, [Bering] explains why this religious trait has evolutionary benefits and why it sets us apart from other animals."
"Witty, crammed with pop-culture references... his arguments seem like common sense rather than the hard-earned scientific insights they really are. This fascinating book presents gentle, nuanced but convincing arguments for atheism."
The New Scientist
"Eloquently argued and engagingly written."
Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
"Since God didn't exist, our human ancestors found it necessary to invent him. In this scintillating book, Jesse Bering explains, with characteristic wit and wisdom, how, in the course of human evolution, God returned the compliment -- by helping individuals, despite themselves, lead better lives."
Nicholas Humphrey, Emeritus Professor London School of Economics and author of Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness
"A lovely read, wise and fascinating."
Derren Brown, English illusionist
"Why do human beings instinctively need a god to believe in? Evolutionary psychologist Jesse Bering's unravelling of an old riddle is subtle, intelligent and surprisingly readable"
The Daily Telegraph --...