How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures

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How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures

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Author :   R. I. M. Dunbar
Publisher :   Pelican
Published :   07/04/2022
ISBN :   9780241431788
Format :   Hardback
Size (mm) :   222x144x33
Weight (g) :   466

When did humans develop spiritual thought? What is religion's evolutionary purpose? And in our increasingly secular world, why has it endured? Every society in the history of humanity has lived with religion. In this book, evolutionary psychologist Professor... Read more
 
When did humans develop spiritual thought? What is religion's evolutionary purpose? And in our increasingly secular world, why has it endured? Every society in the history of humanity has lived with religion. In this book, evolutionary psychologist Professor Robin Dunbar tracks its origins back to what he terms the 'mystical stance' - the aspect of human psychology that predisposes us to believe in a transcendent world, and which makes an encounter with the spiritual possible. As he explores world religions and their many derivatives, as well as religions of experience practised by hunter-gatherer societies since time immemorial, Dunbar argues that this instinct is not a peculiar human quirk, an aberration on our otherwise efficient evolutionary journey.