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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407020877
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

Religion Explained




'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?

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407020877
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Pascal Boyer

Formerly at Princeton, King's College, Cambridge and the University of Lyon, Pascal Boyer is Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, USA and a Guggenheim Fellow.


Praise for Religion Explained

“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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