In the Name of God
The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence
Blackwell Public Philosophy Series
1. Edition April 2010
2010. 288 Pages, Hardcover
- Wiley & Sons Ltd -
ISBN 978-1-4051-8382-6 - John Wiley & Sons
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Religion is one of the most powerful forces running through humanhistory, and although often presented as a force for good, itsimpact is frequently violent and divisive. This provocative workbrings together cutting-edge research from both evolutionary andcognitive psychology to help readers understand the psychologicalstructure of religious morality and the origins of religiousviolence.
* Introduces a fundamentally new approach to the analysis ofreligion in a style accessible to the general reader
* Applies insights from evolutionary and cognitive psychology toboth Judaism and Christianity, and their texts, to help understandthe origins of religious violence
* Argues that religious violence is grounded in the moralpsychology of religion
* Illustrates its controversial argument with reference to the9/11 terrorist attacks, and the response to the attacks from boththe terrorists and the President. Suggests strategies for beginningto counter the divisive aspects of religion
* Discusses the role of religion and religious criticism in thecontemporary world. Argues for a position sceptical of the moralauthority of religion, while also critiquing the excesses of the"new atheists" for failing to appreciate the moralcontributions of religion
* Awarded Honourable Mention, 2010 Prose Awards
From the contents
Introduction: Evolution and Mind
1. The Evolution of Morality
2. The Evolution of Moral Religions
3. Evolutionary Religious Ethics: Judaism
4. Evolutionary Religious Ethics: Christianity
5. Religion, Violence, and the Evolved Mind
6. Religion Evolving