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The Resource Breaking the spell : religion as a natural phenomenon, Daniel C. Dennett

Breaking the spell : religion as a natural phenomenon, Daniel C. Dennett

Label
Breaking the spell : religion as a natural phenomenon
Title
Breaking the spell
Title remainder
religion as a natural phenomenon
Statement of responsibility
Daniel C. Dennett
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
An innovative thinker tackles the controversial question of why we believe in God and how religion shapes our lives and our future. For a growing number of people, there is nothing more important than religion. It is an integral part of their marriage, child rearing, and community. In this daring new book, distinguished philosopher Dennett takes a hard look at this phenomenon and asks why. Where does our devotion to God come from and what purpose does it serve? Is religion a blind evolutionary compulsion or a rational choice? In a narrative that ranges widely through history, philosophy, and psychology, Dennett explores how organized religion evolved from folk beliefs and why it is such a potent force today. He contends that the "belief in belief" has fogged any attempt to rationally consider the existence of God and the relationship between divinity and human need.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
200
Index
index present
LC call number
BL2775.3
LC item number
.D46 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Breaking the spell : religion as a natural phenomenon, Daniel C. Dennett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 413-426) and index
Control code
u945474
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 448 p.
Isbn
9780670034727
Lccn
2005042415
System control number
(OCoLC)61240665
Label
Breaking the spell : religion as a natural phenomenon, Daniel C. Dennett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 413-426) and index
Control code
u945474
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 448 p.
Isbn
9780670034727
Lccn
2005042415
System control number
(OCoLC)61240665

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