|aBreaking the spell :|breligion as a natural phenomenon /|cDaniel C. Dennett.
|aLondon :|bPenguin Books,|c2007.
|axvi, 448 p. ;|c22 cm.
|aIncludes bibliography: p. 413 - 426.
|a1. Breaking which spell? -- 2. Some questions about science -- 3. Why good things happen -- 4. The roots of religion -- 5. Religion, the early days -- 6. The evolution of stewardship -- 7. The invention of team spirit -- 8. Belief in belief -- 9. Toward a buyer's guide to religions -- 10. Morality and religion -- 11. Now what do we do? -- App. A. The new replicators -- App. B. Some more questions about science -- App. C. The bellboy and the lady named Tuck -- App. D. Kim Philby as a real case of indeterminacy of radical interpretation.
|a"Religion plays such a powerful role in the world that we should try to understand it in all its complexities, but most adherents bristle at anyone who wants to investigate their practices and beliefs in a scientific manner." "In this new book, Daniel C. Dennett seeks to uncover the origins of this remarkable family of phenomena that mean so much to so many people, and to discuss why - and how - they have commanded allegiance, become so potent, and shaped so many lives so strongly." "Breaking the Spell is not an antireligious screed but rather an eye-opening exploration of the role that religious belief plays in our lives, our interactions, and our country."--BOOK JACKET.
For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask whyand howit has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion's evolution from wild folk belief to domesticated dogma. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike.