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In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

He explains why spirituality has a role today and why science, contrary to conventional wisdom, affirms the validity of the religious quest. And this previously unrecognized evolutionary logic points not toward continued religious extremism but to future harmony. Nearly a decade in the making, The Evolution of God is a breathtaking reexamination of the past and a visionary look forward.

©2009 Robert Wright; (P)2009 Tantor

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"[An] in-depth approach yields original insights." (Kirkus)

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  • Gabe
  • DENVER, CO, United States
  • 10-16-11

Heavy on the details, but very informative

This is not an easy audio book to digest. I've replayed a more than a few parts to try to suck in all the details. But the research put into this book is fantastic. I do feel as if I am getting a much broader understanding of western religion and it's evolution. If you want to put in the effort, you will be rewarded at the end with a deeper insight into modern religion.

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  • Tyler
  • St. Louis Park, MN, United States
  • 06-20-11

Good Stuff

Extremely well researched, reasoned, and fair. For anyone who wants a materialistic explanation of religion via a detailed investigation of the specific contexts that led to conflicting ideologies, THIS IS YOUR BOOK. Of course, I really would like to know what the real scholars think of all of the claims and explanations. So far, I haven't found anything yet.

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  • Eric
  • Michigan
  • 12-04-10

As an Evangelical Christian, it blew my mind

I come from a Non-Denominational Evangelical Christian background (yeah, i helped vote him in, sorry) and I was a Biology major in college. I originally majored in Biology to better understand Evolutionary Theory so that I could help debunk it and enlighten those blinded by it and save them for Jesus. What I found was that though the theory of Evolution is not provable beyond a bible thumpers shadow of a doubt, it is a very good scientific theory and its the best we got in terms of thinking concretely and logically. Taking those same principles, Mr. Wright applies them to how the thought of god could have evolved very naturally with the rise of civilization. He has very very good evidence and solid theories to back up this idea of his. It was a life changing and challenging read. As a Christian, it totally ripped my faith apart and left me feeling empty inside. Since I was about 16-17yrs old my self-worth and my confidence in myself (which I had for years felt it to be very solid and rewarding) was based solely on the existence of God. This book really challenged me on this issue and after listening to it, I went through a very dark time trying to work though the different issues that he placed before me in his writings. Part of me had wished that I had not listened to this book, but an other part of me was glad that this challenge was given to me because the thought of believing something and identifying with something which was false was very unappealing to me, rather discussed me and brought in thoughts of suicide and apathy. Through much time, thought, and what at first felt like empty emotionally draining hurtful prayer I was able to comeback to a Christian faith, but it is definitely not the same one I had before. I cannot say that this book was the only instrument in this process that I went through but it was definitely the heavy weight that broke the camel's back more than the straw. If your a zealous neo-Darwin atheist, you'll love this book. ;)

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  • Douglas
  • mission viejo, CA, USA
  • 09-23-09

Great

Very thought provoking. Highly recommended.

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  • David
  • Newark, DE, USA
  • 04-07-10

Interesting, but was a Lecture

This book was extremely interesting, and enlightening, but was definitely a lecture. I normally listen to books during my commute (about 1 hour 15 min each way), and go for entertainment. I figured that I would give this a try. It was interesting enough to keep my interest, but didn't help shorten the commute at all. Kind of felt like listening to a good lecture in college, but not something I would listen to normally on my "free" time

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