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Rue L. — Religion is Not about God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature and What to Expect When They Fail
Rue L. — Religion is Not about God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature and What to Expect When They Fail



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Название: Religion is Not about God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature and What to Expect When They Fail

Автор: Rue L.

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"Loyal Rue has written a bold, scholarly, and gracefully composed discussion of the complex relations between the concepts of God and religion. I learned a great deal from the rich tapestry of facts that filled the gaps in my understanding of the history of these ideas and believe that readers will enjoy a similar intellectual experience."—Jerome Kagan, research professor of psychology, Harvard University"This book is an important step toward the naturalistic, hence truly general theory of religion. It harmonizes contemporary scientific understanding of the origin of human nature with a positive view of the centrality of religion in culture."—Edward O. Wilson, university research professor, emeritus, Harvard University"Rue’s book should make all religious scholars proud to be descendants of baboons! It is a book of deep scholarship that shows how we can both accept the biological signature of our species, while recognizing its power to create personally meaningful religious traditions."—Marc D. Hauser, Harvard University, author of Wild Minds: What Animals Really ThinkThousands of religious traditions have appeared over the course of human history but only a relative few have survived. Since some speak of a myriad of gods, others speak of only one, and some recognize no gods at all, we can conclude that belief in a supernatural being is not the only thing that holds a faith tradition together. Volumes have been written attempting to prove the existence or non-existence of supernatural being(s). So, if religion is not about God, then what on earth is it about? In this provocative book, Loyal Rue contends that religion, very basically, is about us. Successful religions are narrative (myth) traditions that influence human nature so that we might think, feel, and act in ways that are good for us, both individually and collectively. Through the use of images, symbols, and rituals, religion promotes reproductive fitness and survival through the facilitation of harmonious social relations. Rue builds his argument by first assembling a theory of human nature, drawn from recent developments in cognitive science and evolutionary theory. He shows how cognitive and emotional systems work together and how they are conditioned by cultural influences, including religion. He then surveys the major religious traditions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism—to show how each one, in its own way, has guided human behavior to advance the twin goals of personal fulfillment and social coherence. As all religions are increasingly faced with a crisis of intellectual plausibility and moral relevance, they are being rendered incapable of shaping behavior in ways that might prevent unsustainable patterns of human population and consumption. Rue warns that when religions outlive their adaptive utility, they become positive threats to human survival.Despite its bold and ambitious goals, this book is hostile to neither the idea of God nor religious life. Written respectfully throughout, Religion Is Not about God will appeal to a broad audience interested in issues of faith and science.


Язык: en

Рубрика: Разное/

Статус предметного указателя: Неизвестно

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Год издания: 2005

Количество страниц: 404

Добавлена в каталог: 05.02.2017

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