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Religion Explained

by Pascal Boyer

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Published by Random House Publishing Group in London .
Written in English


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Open LibraryOL24250375M
ISBN 109781407020884, 9781407020877

An excellent book in the spirit of the French Enlightenment, broadly learned and with modern behavioural science added. It deserves to be widely read, E.O. Wilson This is a bold far-reaching book. His explanation of religion is lucid, entertaining, full of valuable insight -- /5(72).   This book provides the foundational theory of "idea propagation" for religious systems. Applying evolutionary principles to religious concepts, Boyer explain.

Buy Religion Explained by Pascal Boyer online at Alibris. We have new and used copies available, in 3 editions - starting at $ Shop now.   Guest host Paul Wilson discusses religion based on the book "Religion Explained" by Pascal Boyer. This is just a small portion of a much longer discussion on cognitive psychology that he presents.

Religion, human beings’ relation to that which they regard as holy, sacred, absolute, spiritual, divine, or worthy of especial reverence. It is also commonly regarded as consisting of the way people deal with ultimate concerns about their lives and their fate after many traditions, this relation and these concerns are expressed in terms of one’s relationship with or attitude.   Buddhism is a religion that was founded by Siddhartha Gautama (“The Buddha”) more than 2, years ago in India. With about million followers, scholars consider Buddhism one of the major.


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In the final chapter on belief, Boyer discounts Robert Nozick's widely held explanation of religion as `a particular feature of the human mind that creates the whole of religion, a central metaphysical urge that is the origin of all religion, an irredeemable human propensity to superstition, myth and faith'.Cited by: Religion Explained is about providing scientific explanations for why people believe.

The author combines multiple scientific disciplines such as: evolutionary biology, cognitive science, cultural anthropology, archaeology and psychology to show how humans in 4/5. Using findings from anthropology, cognitive science, linguistics, and evolutionary biology, Religion Explained shows how this aspect of human consciousness is increasingly admissible to coherent, naturalistic explanation.

This brilliant and controversial book gives readers Religion Explained book first scientific explanation for what religious feeling is really /5(2). Using findings from anthropology, cognitive science, linguistics, and evolutionary biology, Religion Explained shows how this aspect of human consciousness is increasingly admissible to coherent, naturalistic explanation.

This is what I describe in this book. The diversity of religion, far from being an obstacle to general explanations, in /5(6). This book is essential reading for anyone in religious studies, anthropology, and the scientific study of religion.

The Principles of the Christian Religion Explained William Wake — Catechisms, English. Religion explained: the evolutionary origins of religious thought. User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict.

Utilizing cross-cultural studies and a multidisciplinary approach, anthropologist Boyer (research fellow, Inst. of Cognitive Science, Lyon, France) argues that the origin, development, and diversity.

The Religions Book is also perfect for religion and philosophy students. Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to Religion Explained book.

With over 7 million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information /5(). Sort of an encyclopedia of religion, the book presents basic religious ideas, from many different traditions, in easily digestible articles.

There are major sections on the five major religions of humanity (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and several section with articles based on beliefs of other religious traditions.4/5.

In his "Religion Explained" Pascal Boyer does a penetrating and meticulous analysis of the psychological and anthropological bases of `religion'. I read his book (hardcover) while researching my own book, "Concepts: A ProtoTheist Quest for Science-Minded Skeptics" and have since re-read it/5(83).

Pascal Boyer's book Religion Explained comes tantalizingly close to explaining an impressive range of religious phenomena. While in the end I did not fully buy Boyer's explanation, I heartily recommend his book to anyone interested in thinking about this problem. Religion Explained offers an engaging introduction to the history and current state of CSR that could easily be integrated into an introductory course on theories and methods in religious studies.

Unfortunately, the introduction by Martin and Wiebe is very brief for a book that includes such a variety of contributions. About Religion Explained. With contributions from founders of the field, including Justin Barrett, E.

Thomas Lawson, Robert N. McCauley, Paschal Boyer, Armin Geertz and Harvey Whitehouse, as well as from younger scholars from successive stages in the field's development, this is an important survey of the first twenty-five years of the cognitive science of religion.

His book offers more than just the "evolutionary origins of religious thought" -- and a bit less than "religion explained". Religion is a complicated thing. Indeed, merely defining what it is is one of the first problem one faces when considering it. Durkheim’s book “Elementary forms of Religious life” is devoted to elaborating a general theory of religion derived from an analysis of the simplest, most primitive religious institutions.

This general theory of religion is otherwise known as his theory of totemism. Religion Explained is a fascinating scientific treatise on a unique and undeniably significant form of human behavior. This is a fairly complex work (a behavioral science background is certainly helpful), but only to the extent necessary to form a coherenCited by: Religion Explained is a fascinating scientific treatise on a unique and undeniably significant form of human behavior.

This is a fairly complex work (a behavioral science background is certainly helpful), but only to the extent necessary to form a coherent, comprehensive argument. Boyer has shown undeniably that the etiology of religion is far /5(98). 4 Boyer () Religion Explained •Religious concepts are irrefutable.

•Refutation is more difficult than belief. Though this list probably is not exhaustive, it is fairly representative.

Discussing each of these common intuitions in more detail, we will see that they all fail to tell us why we have religion and why it is the way it is. Get this from a library. Religion explained: the evolutionary origins of religious thought.

[Pascal Boyer] -- "Many of us have endless questions about faith, spirituality, and the place of religious thinking in the world. But one central question - perhaps the central question - about religion.

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The short answer is: 'Because that is how our minds were prepared by evolution.' Of course, God is in the details, and in its details 'Religion Explained' is an endlessly fascinating and controversial book."4/5(8). We Live Our Faith Catholic Identity Edition Grades 7–8.

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