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Beyond God (Evolution and the Future of Religion)

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In his unique analysis of religion, a biologist argues that, in a pre-scientific world, religion was an evolutionary necessity for human survival. Going beyond the recognized psychological comforts of religion as a remedy for emotional insecurity and anxiety, Kardong instead explores what survival advantages religion first conferred on those humans faithfully practicing a locally adaptive set of cults and customs. By focusing on religion’s survival advantages, he is then able to address why religion evolved in the first place and why it possesses some of the distinctive and occasionally troubling characteristics we see today.

Kardong concludes that because religion was adaptive it is still planted deep within us and in our future. These ancient religious impulses are often unyielding when confronted by our comparatively recent capacity for rational and scientific understanding. This intractable quality in certain contexts can lead to violence and the other evils that throughout history and today serve as the worst examples of religious behavior.

Beyond God makes an important contribution to the understanding of religion from an evolutionary perspective.

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  • Product Details

    Author:
    Kenneth V. Kardong
    Format:
    Paperback
    Pages:
    294
    Publisher:
    Prometheus Books (February 28, 2010)
    Language:
    English
    ISBN-13:
    9781591026822
    ISBN-10:
    1591026822
    Weight:
    12oz
    Dimensions:
    5.4" x 8.35" x 0.62"
    Case Pack:
    48
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    RandomHouse
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    $19.95
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