How We Believe

How We Believe

The Search for God in An Age of Science

Book - 2000
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This text explores what drives us to believe, to have faith, and to create and flock to religions the world over. Throughout, Michael Shermer is interested in the how and why rather than the right or wrong, proving or disproving. This analysis is designed for anyone, whether devout believer or devoted agnostic, spiritual searcher or armchair anthropologist.
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, c2000.
ISBN: 9780716735618
Branch Call Number: 215 S553
Characteristics: xvii, 302 p. : ill.


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Feb 04, 2014

In How We Believe, author and leading skeptic Michael Shermer comes at the question of why people of all cultures in all times tend to believe in a god by addressing the anthropology of how they got there in the first place. The writing is academic in tone but still very readable, informative and entertaining. I was particularly intrigued by chapter 8, "God and the Ghost Dance," which is an outside-looking-in explanation for what the Messiah myth would look like in other cultures.

If you're interested in philosophy, religion and skepticism, and have a passion for the study of religious belief in a historical context, then I recommend this book. How We Believe plus another one of his books, Why People Believe Weird Things, can be thought of as themed companions.

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