In the Name of God (Innbundet)

The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence

Serie: Blackwell Public Philosophy Series 

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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2010
Antall sider: 288
Forlag: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Språk: Engelsk
Serie: Blackwell Public Philosophy Series
ISBN/EAN: 9781405183826
Omtale: In the Name of God
Religion is one of the most powerful forces running through humanhistory, and although often presented as a force for good, itsimpact is frequently violent and divisive. This provocative workbrings together cutting-edge research from both evolutionary andcognitive psychology to help readers understand the psychologicalstructure of religious morality and the origins of religiousviolence. * Introduces a fundamentally new approach to the analysis ofreligion in a style accessible to the general reader * Applies insights from evolutionary and cognitive psychology toboth Judaism and Christianity, and their texts, to help understandthe origins of religious violence * Argues that religious violence is grounded in the moralpsychology of religion * Illustrates its controversial argument with reference to the9/11 terrorist attacks, and the response to the attacks from boththe terrorists and the President. Suggests strategies for beginningto counter the divisive aspects of religion * Discusses the role of religion and religious criticism in thecontemporary world.
Argues for a position sceptical of the moralauthority of religion, while also critiquing the excesses of the new atheists for failing to appreciate the moralcontributions of religion * Awarded Honourable Mention, 2010 Prose Awards

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