Faith Instinct How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures

ISBN-10: 0143118196
ISBN-13: 9780143118190
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nicholas Wade
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

A New York Timesscience reporter makes a startling new case that religion has an evolutionary basis. For the last 50,000 years, and probably much longer, people have practiced religion. Yet little attention has been given to the question of whether this universal human behavior might have been implanted in human nature. In this original and thought-provoking work, Nicholas Wade traces how religion grew to be so essential to early societies in their struggle for survival, how an instinct for faith became hardwired into human nature, and how it provided an impetus for law and government. The Faith Instinctoffers an objective and nonpolemical exploration of humanity's quest for spiritual transcendence.

Born in Aylesbury, England, Nicholas Wade studies at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. He has worked at nature and Science and is currently a science reporter for The New York Times. The author of four previous books, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

The Nature of Religion
The Moral Instinct
The Evolution of Religious Behavior
Music, Dance and Trance
Ancestral Religion
The Transformation
The Tree of Religion
Morality, Trust and Trade
The Ecology of Religion
Religion and Warfare
Religion and Nation
The Future of Religion
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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