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Spiritual Evolution How We Are Wired for Faith, Hope, and Love

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ISBN-10: 0767926587

ISBN-13: 9780767926584

Edition: N/A

Authors: George Vaillant

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In our current era of holy terror, passionate faith has come to seem like a present danger. Writers such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens have been happy to throw the baby out with the bathwater and declare that the danger is in religion itself. God, Hitchens writes, is not great. But man, according to George E. Vaillant, M.D.,isgreat. InSpiritual Evolution, Dr. Vaillant lays out a brilliant defense not of organized religion but of man's inherent spirituality. Our spirituality, he shows, resides in our uniquely human brain design and in our innate capacity for emotions like love, hope, joy, forgiveness, and compassion, which are selected for by evolution and located…    
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 6/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Rom Brafman is a psychologist with a private practice in Palo Alto, California. He is also the co-author of the books Sway and Click.George E. Vaillant, M.D., is a psychoanalyst and a research psychiatrist, one of the pioneers in the study of adult development. He is a professor at Harvard University and directed Harvard’s Study of Adult Development for thirty-five years. He is the author ofAging WellandThe Natural History of Alcoholism, and his 1977 book,Adaptation to Life, is a classic text in the study of adult development. He lives in Boston; East Thetford, Vermont; and Victoria, Australia.

Acknowledgments
Positive Emotions
The Prose and the Passion
Three Evolutions
Faith
Love
Hope
Joy
Forgiveness
Compassion
Awe and Mystical Illumination
The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality
Notes
Permissions
Index