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This review is from: Conceiving God: The Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion (Hardcover)
This book comprises familiar stories of the church's responses to Galileo and Darwin, interesting ideas on the role of dreaming and disturbed mental states (some drug-induced) in the development of belief in the existence of some kind of spirit world, a lot of speculation about the religious significance of stone-age art, and a fair bit of anti-religious ranting. There are interesting books on the origins and persistence of religious belief, but this isn't one of them.
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2013 17:07:57 GMT
Useful warning. But it would be good to have some examples of well-researched books on the origins of religious belief. I have so far found none which are not either (a) a rehash of Freud's ideas or (b) new-age eyewash or (c) rants against religion itself.
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