Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

כריכה קדמית
Penguin, 2006 - 448 עמודים
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 Daniel C. 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 Breaking the Spell, Dennett argues that the time has come to shed the light of science on the fundamental questions of faith.

In a spirited 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. Deftly and lucidly, 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.

Breaking the Spell is not an antireligious screed but rather an eyeopening exploration of the role that belief plays in our lives, our interactions, and our country. With the gulf between rationalists and adherents of "intelligent design" widening daily, Dennett has written a timely and provocative book that will be read and passionately debated by believers and nonbelievers alike.

 

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ביקורת משתמש  - Razinha - LibraryThing

This was a challenge. I kept putting it aside after reading a few pages, picking it up and digesting a bit more, until about six years ago when I tucked it in my night stand for what I thought would ... קרא סקירה מלאה

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ביקורת משתמש  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

The author attempts to kindly encourage religious people as well as non-religious people to read his book. He spends a great deal of time trying to be pleasant and thoughtful of those who are ... קרא סקירה מלאה

תוכן

Breaking Which Spell?
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Some Questions About Science
29
Why Good Things Happen
54
The Roots of Religion
97
Religion the Early Days
116
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174
Belief in Belief
200
Now What Do We Do?
308
The New Replicators
341
Some More Questions About Science
359
The Bellboy and the Lady Named Tuck
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Notes
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Bibliography
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Index
427

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IO Morality and Religion
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מידע על המחבר (2006)

Daniel C. Dennett is a professor and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His many books include Darwin's Dangerous Idea and, most recently, Freedom Evolves.

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