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Teehan, John

In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence

Teehan, John - In the Name of God: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence, ebook

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Religion is one of the most powerful forces running through human history, and although often presented as a force for good, its impact is frequently violent and divisive. This provocative work brings together cutting-edge research from both evolutionary and cognitive psychology to help readers understand the psychological structure of religious morality and the origins of religious violence.

  • Introduces a fundamentally new approach to the analysis of religion in a style accessible to the general reader

  • Applies insights from evolutionary and cognitive psychology to both Judaism and Christianity, and their texts, to help understand the origins of religious violence

  • Argues that religious violence is grounded in the moral psychology of religion

  • Illustrates its controversial argument with reference to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the response to the attacks from both the terrorists and the President. Suggests strategies for beginning to counter the divisive aspects of religion.

  • Discusses the role of religion and religious criticism in the contemporary world. Argues for a position sceptical of the moral authority of religion, while also critiquing the excesses of the “new atheists” for failing to appreciate the moral contributions of religion.

Keywords: mind, morality, religious ethics, religion, violence, philosophy, God, Bible

Author(s)
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
2009
Language
en
Edition
1
Page amount
264 pages
Category
Philosophy
Format
Ebook
eISBN (ePUB)
9781444359138
Printed ISBN
9781405183819

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