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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,998 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Wright Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The prize-winning author of The Moral Animal and Nonzero presents a groundbreaking examination of religion through the ages.

In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, 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 to future harmony.

Nearly a decade in the making, The Evolution of God is a breathtaking reexamination of the past and a visionary look forward.

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  • “His core argument, that religion is getting ‘better’ with each passing aeon, is enthralling.”

    The New Yorker

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meredith Hull | 2/18/2014

    " I wish I had stopped reading at the end of section 3. His personal views are too prevalent in sections 4 and 5 (On Islam and the globalization of religion, respectively). The author also needs to find another way to describe "non-zero sum" game theory scenarios, the repetition of the word becomes quite obnoxious. Otherwise this was an easily digestible compilation of scholarly material which is often glossed over in traditional theological approaches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Warner | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting--especially the political context of religion, but I didn't necessarily buy the overall thesis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Gail O'Dea | 1/19/2014

    " Robert Wright is a terrific writer. This is a heady work -- starting with hunter/gatherer societies and taking us through the beginnings of Christianity and Islam. The premise is that God always has been made in the image and likeness and man. God has evolved over the centuries to reflect "conditions in the ground," which help makes sense of the various "Gods" seen in the Old Testament -- e.g. the warrior god and the protective god, in the Koran -- (pretty much the same) - the warrior god and the peace loving, tolerant god; and in the New Testament where we have the itinerant Jewish preacher of Mark (the first gospel, written about 30 years after Jesus's death), the miracle worker of Luke, the aesthetic, airy God/man of John, and the star wars god of Revelations. Paul is presented as the all time greatest franchiser as he sets up Christian franchises throughout Greece and Roman Empire, creatively shifting doctrine as needed to keep the developing flock together. It is a very scholarly but very readable and often humorous unpacking of the world's three great religious mythologies. He is hopeful in that he sees human nature moving -- albeit with fits and starts - towards greater tolerance and morality. He acknowledges a higher purpose and creative force but asserts, I think accurately, that all religions are approximations that do not even near the "real" divine force, which simply is unavailable to the human intellect. They are, therefore, socio/politico/economic/cultural mythologies. I loved it and have purchased Wright's two other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/14/2014

    " still plugging away at this one "

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