Why Gods Persist: A Scientific Approach to Religion

2nd Edition

Robert A. Hinde, Robert Hinde

Routledge
Published September 29, 2009
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9780415497626 - CAT# Y101530

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Summary

What is it about religion that appeals to people? Why do religions and religious beliefs persist in the face of increasing secularisation, harsh criticism and even political persecution? Robert Hinde argues that it is not enough simply to criticize religion, we must understand it - not only how it causes so much conflict, but also how it brings comfort to many.

Hinde, a distinguished scientist, draws on a wide range of psychological, developmental and evolutionary research to explore this fascinating question. This second edition of Why Gods Persist is designed for everyone interested in the subject, either as a student of psychology and anthropology of religion or as a follower of the current controversies over the value of religious belief.

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