Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World without God

Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World without God


By (author) Greg Graffin

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  • Publisher: HarperPerennial
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 20mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 20 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0061828513
  • ISBN 13: 9780061828515
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 63,094

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Most people know Greg Graffin as the lead singer of the punk band Bad Religion, but few know that he also received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and teaches evolution at the University of California at Los Angeles. In "Anarchy Evolution", Graffin argues that art and science have a deep connection. As an adolescent growing up when drugs, sex, and trouble could be had on any given night, Graffin discovered that the study of evolution provided a framework through which he could make sense of the world. In this provocative and personal book, he describes his own coming of age as an artist and the formation of his naturalist worldview on questions involving God, science, and human existence. While the battle between religion and science is often displayed in the starkest of terms, "Anarchy Evolution" provides fresh and nuanced insights into the long-standing debate about atheism and the human condition. It is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if God really exists.

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Greg Graffin, born in Madison, Wisconsin, is the lead vocalist and songwriter of the legendary punk band Bad Religion, which he cofounded in Los Angeles in 1980. Graffin obtained his Ph.D. in zoology at Cornell University. He has served as a lecturer in life sciences and in paleontology at the UCLA. He splits his time between Ithaca, New York, and Los Angeles. Steve Olson is an award-winning science writer. He is the author of Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins, which was one of five finalists for the 2002 nonfiction National Book Award. A consultant writer for the National Academy of Sciences as well as other organizations, Olson also has written for the Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, Scientific American, Wired, and many other publications.

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"Whether you're a believer, an atheist, an agnostic, or anything in between, this is a necessary book."--PopMatters