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'A deep, ingenious, and insightful; analysis of one of the deepest mysteries of the human species' Steven Pinker

Why are there religious beliefs in all cultures? Do they have features in common and why does religion persist in the face of science? Pascal Boyer shows how experimental findings in cognitive science, evolutionary biology and cultural anthropology are now providing precise answers to these general question, and providing, for the first time, real answers to the question: Why do we believe?


The wisdom in its pages will be a revelation to any seeker after truth. While it lets daylight in upon magic, this book is never scornful and never dismissive, and Pascal Boyer's voice is as unpretentious as its title. If faith is the last refuge of the would-be believer, Religion Explained takes it away but puts something better in its place, enlightenment and understanding.

Ruth Rendell

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    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    448 pages

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  • Religion Explained
    Pascal Boyer



    November 15, 2002


    448 pages

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