In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion

Paperback | November 25, 2004

byScott Atran

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This ambitious, interdisciplinary book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition. A cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, Scott Atran argues that religion is a by-product of human evolution just as the cognitive intervention, culturalselection, and historical survival of religion is an accommodation of certain existential and moral elements that have evolved in the human condition.

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This ambitious, interdisciplinary book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition. A cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, Scott Atran argues that religion is a by-product of human evolution just as the cognitive intervention, culturalselection, and historical survival of religion is...

Scott Atran is a Director of Research at the Institut Jean Nicod at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris. He is also Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Psychology, and Natural Resources and the Environment at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A respected cognitive anth...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:388 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:November 25, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195178033

ISBN - 13:9780195178036

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"I have little but praise for this marvelous book...It does not take long to realize that one is dealing with a formidable mind; Atran is not only a fine writer, his breadth of knowledge and intellectual depth are nothing short of inspiring. This book is one to read slowly and savor. Keep apost-it pad handy, to mark the pages: the scope of this book is so wide-ranging that whatever your research interest in evolutionary psychology, it is bound to be touched upon at some point in these 400 pages of informative analysis."--David Livingstone Smith, Human Nature Review