Praise for "Spiritual Evolution"
George Vaillant is a poet, a visionary, and a scientist. This book is the culmination of a fifty-year project that revolutionized our view of human development and now may revolutionize our view of religion and spirituality.
Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., author of "Authentic Happiness" and "Learned Optimism
At last an explanation of spirituality from an evolutionary perspective that does justice to both. With his tremendous breadth of experience and personal wisdom, George Vaillant is the perfect spiritual and scientific guide.
David Sloan Wilson, author of "Darwin's Cathedral"
"More than a scientific defense of faith, George Vaillant's book is a moving account of his own intellectual quest, through science, for a spiritual view of human evolution and experience. Clearly a labor of love and a needed antidote to recent attacks on religion. An important book."
Melvin Konner, M.D., Ph.D., author of "The Tangled Wing"
" "Spiritual Evolution" is a truly outstanding book, an exquisite weaving of science and spirituality focused on the positive emotions. The result is a wonderful synthesis of material leading to a compassionate and empowering conclusion about the future of humanity. A must-read for everyone who has considered the intersection between spirituality and the human person.
Andrew Newberg, coauthor of "Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief
In this inspirational and scientifically brilliant essay on human nature, Dr. Vaillant defends the love, hope, joy, compassion, awe, forgiveness, and faith that together form our naturally evolved spiritual essence an essence enlivened by religion at its best, and distorted by religion at its worst. He draws on a lifetime of heralded literary, scientific, spiritual, and medical insight to write the one prescription that can dispel our shadows of confusion and help heal the world.
Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., coauthor of "Why Good Things Happen to Good People
With uncommon lucidity, balance, and scholarship, George Vaillant draws brilliantlyfrom neurobiology, social science, human developmental psychology, andthe wisdomof the great writers and thinkers to clarify and illuminate the positive emotions such as love, compassion, and altruism that elevate humankind and may yet save it.
Irvin Yalom, M.D., author of "Love s Executioner