Conceiving God: The Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion Hardcover – 8 Mar 2010
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Endlessly fascinating... Gives countless insights... A must for any anthropology studies collection.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
In the first third of the book, Lewis-Williams takes us on a whirlwind tour of Greek philosophy, Christian theology and the emergence of science "from the cocoon of religion". This draws out deep-seated continuities that "cannot merely be products of specific historical events and processes" but which "point to something innate in human beings".Read more ›
Written by an eminent South African scholar and expert on the culture of Bushmen, it is a multifaceted book dealing with Paleontology (from patterns engraved 75000 years ago by Blombos in South Africa to the astonishing finds of the Volp Caves in the Ariege Department of France, but also with the culture of the primitives (San, Kalahari) and their trance dances which often bring them to hallucinatory states.
The author, tracing the origin of Religion to such altered stages of consciousness, not only provides a thorough account and classification of these states (the origin of which he attributes to the right temporal lobe) but links them to important religious thinkers and mystics from the apostle Paul, via St.Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas to Hildegard Von Bingen.
The historical narrative is extended to the other side (of evolution) with rich biographical details of Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace (poor Wallace had he had not made the error of sending his manuscript to Darwin but directly to a scientific journal he might be claimed today as the discoverer of Evolution and we could be talking today of Wallacism instead of Darwinism).
The two sides, Religion (and thus Creationalism) and Evolution are contrasted and discussed and the author, being an atheist, does not mince his words to exhibit the irrationality of religion. The arguments however are not passionate or hostile. On the contrary they are presented in a sober and even relaxing style becoming thus more persuasive. The author is not a polemicist of the kind that Dawkins, Hitchens or Bennet are.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having enjoyed David Lewis-Williams books "The Mind in the Cave" and "Inside the Neolithic Mind" this book came as a grave disappointment. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2010 by DL
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... Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2010 by Jago
Look for similar items by category
- Books > History > Religious History > Other Religions
- Books > Mind, Body & Spirit > Mythology > Antiquities
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Philosophy
- Books > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Science & Religion
- Books > Science & Nature > History & Philosophy > Reference
- Books > Science & Nature > Popular Science
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Philosophy