Breaking the Spell

Breaking the Spell : Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

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For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask whyand howit 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."

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 385.55g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NYUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143038338
  • 9780143038337
  • 94,564

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Rich and rewarding . . . the main business of the book is to give a scientific account of how religion may have developed among creatures such as us. . . . The product of an extremely bright mind. ("San Francisco Chronicle")

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