The Evolution of God by Robert Wright

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Read The Evolution of God Online Free - In this sweeping narrative that 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 archaeology, 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 future harmony.

Nearly a decade in the making, The Evolution of God is a breathtaking re-examination of the past, and a visionary look forward.

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ISBN : 0316734918
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 567 pages


Socraticgadfly rated it ★☆☆☆☆

November 29, 2012

A one-trick pony from Wright This book could, and should, have one of two alternative titles. It's either "Nonzero: The Religion Primer" or "The Evolution of Western Religious Thought." Why would either one of those be better? First, what I recommend instead of this book. People looking for good scho...

David rated it ★★★★☆

May 15, 2010

This is a most impressive book. Robert Wright's earlier book "Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny" explored the notion that much of the advance of human civilization (including religion) has been driven by a fundamental principle of game theory (and also of economics), namely that a cooperative s...

Jan rated it ★★★★☆

July 24, 2011

When you get over your snit about what you think Robert Wright is saying about your particular religious tradition, you may decide we should all listen to what he has to say. He may under-emphasize or minimize too much at certain points, but his hypothesis has the ring of truth. He has a viable a...

Becky rated it ★★★★★

May 03, 2013

The Evolution of God is an absolutely great read. I personally feel that it paints a very hopeful picture for the further evolution of religion in our massively interconnected world. I felt that at all times he was respectful towards people of various levels of faith, while being an agnostic hims...

Karen rated it ★★★☆☆

January 09, 2012

Long Story Short: This book has a lot of interesting close-ish reading of the big three Abrahamic religious texts (Torah, Bible, Koran), interspersed with a lot of philosophy and splaining I wasn’t that crazy about. The Book’s Strengths: First of all, I like Wright’s writing style. He explains his...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

December 28, 2010

I grew up trying to read the Bible, copiously; first as an exercise in divining God's will, then as a desperate attempt to demonstrate that I was among the saved, then as an act of refutation, then later in an attempt to contain the whole thing in my head and come to some sort of coherent "once a...

Mark rated it ★★★★☆

January 03, 2012

Peruse scripture a little, and you can find license for whatever deed you contemplate. That's the bad news. A closer study shows god to be the ductile creation of Man, alternately vengeful or loving, jingoistic or welcoming, as He finds expedient for the time. I feel Wright easily makes this basic...

Moshe rated it ★★★★☆

April 18, 2017

4 stars for the importance of this book. For the actual presentation and pace, the book was a tad tedious and slow. It is though the first book I've read which lays out the actual evolution of religions, mainly from shaman/tribal/pagan to the monotheist/Abrahamic religions. Some great insights in...

Robert rated it ★★★★☆

June 01, 2012

I am challenged by Robert Wright’s The Evolution of God in many of the same ways I was by Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature. The subject of the evolution of how humans think about a god is such a sweeping subject, and this book appears to be such a scholarly work, that it is difficu...

Shira rated it ★★★★☆

August 06, 2017

My take-away understanding of this book was that the author believes that as a religion encompasses greater population diversity, it perforce must, and hence does, become more tolerant and open or universalistic. Some kind of reward and punishment system (divine or spirit-based whether here and n...

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