Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (Paperback)
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Short Description for Breaking the Spell An innovative thinker tackles the controversial question of why people believe in God and how religion shapes lives and futures by taking a look at history, philosophy, and psychology.
- Published: 02 June 2007
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780143038337 ISBN 10: 0143038338
- Sales rank: 77,226
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Full description for Breaking the Spell
For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why--and how--it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion's evolution from "wild" folk belief to "domesticated" dogma. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, "Breaking the Spell" will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike.