The Resource The evolution of God, Robert Wright

The evolution of God, Robert Wright

Label
The evolution of God
Title
The evolution of God
Statement of responsibility
Robert Wright
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this sweeping narrative that takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archaeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy. He explains why spirituality has a role today, and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest. And this previously unrecognized evolutionary logic points not toward continued religious extremism, but future harmony.--From publisher description
Summary
A narrative examination of religion through the ages identifies a pattern that has emerged in the evolution of monotheistic faiths, challenging basic assumptions while explaining how science actually affirms the validity of spiritual quests
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2009
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317864
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
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Wright, Robert
Dewey number
200.9
Index
index present
LC call number
BL473
LC item number
.W75 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • God
  • Monotheism
  • Religions
Target audience
adult
Label
The evolution of God, Robert Wright
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [489]-554) and index
Contents
Pt. 1: The birth and growth of gods. The primordial faith ; The shaman ; Religion in the age of chiefdoms ; Gods of the ancient states -- Pt. 2: The emergence of Abrahamic monotheism. Polytheism, the religion of ancient Israel ; From polytheism to monolatry ; From monolatry to monotheism ; Philo story ; Logos: the divine algorithm -- Pt. 3: The invention of Christianity. What did Jesus do? ; The apostle of love ; Survival of the fittest Christianity ; How Jesus became savior -- Pt. 4: The triumph of Islam. The Koran ; Mecca ; Medina ; Jihad ; Muhammad -- Pt. 5: God goes global (or doesn't): The moral imagination ; Well, aren't we special? -- Afterword: By the way, what is God? -- Appendix: How human nature gave birth to religion
Control code
ocn277086176
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 567 p.
Isbn
9780316734912
Lccn
2008051303
System control number
(OCoLC)277086176
Label
The evolution of God, Robert Wright
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [489]-554) and index
Contents
Pt. 1: The birth and growth of gods. The primordial faith ; The shaman ; Religion in the age of chiefdoms ; Gods of the ancient states -- Pt. 2: The emergence of Abrahamic monotheism. Polytheism, the religion of ancient Israel ; From polytheism to monolatry ; From monolatry to monotheism ; Philo story ; Logos: the divine algorithm -- Pt. 3: The invention of Christianity. What did Jesus do? ; The apostle of love ; Survival of the fittest Christianity ; How Jesus became savior -- Pt. 4: The triumph of Islam. The Koran ; Mecca ; Medina ; Jihad ; Muhammad -- Pt. 5: God goes global (or doesn't): The moral imagination ; Well, aren't we special? -- Afterword: By the way, what is God? -- Appendix: How human nature gave birth to religion
Control code
ocn277086176
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 567 p.
Isbn
9780316734912
Lccn
2008051303
System control number
(OCoLC)277086176

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