The Evolution of God by Robert Wright

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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.

About Robert Wright

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Robert Wright is the author of Nonzero, The Moral Animal, and Three Scientists and Their Gods. He is a contributing editor to the New Republic, Time, and Slate, and he runs, a rapidly growing Web site for intellectual discourse. He has also taught in the Philosophy Department of Princeton University and the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New Jersey.
Published May 20, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 576 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Wright (Nonzero, 2001, etc.) joins the decade’s bandwagon with a tome explaining away God as something people made up over time.

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“If history naturally pushes people toward moral improvement, toward moral truth, and their God, as they conceive their God, grows accordingly, becoming morally richer, then maybe this growth is evidence of some higher purpose, and maybe — conceivably — the source of that purpose is worthy of the...

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Dan Cryer NY Times Book Review 4 of 5 Stars "In his brilliant new book, The Evolution of God, Robert Wright tells the story of how God grew up.

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As to the interpretations Wright makes, relying on a wide variety of Biblical, Islamic and other textual scholarship — well, that is precisely the point, isn’t it: we interpret the evolution of god the way it suits us.

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