the illusion of gods presence the biological origins of spiritual longing

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The Illusion Of God S Presence

Author : John C. Wathey
ISBN : 9781633880757
Genre : Religion
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An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God's presence. More than any rituals or doctrines, it is this experience that anchors religious faith, yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religion. Starting with a vivid narrative account of the life-threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience, biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the illusion of God's presence. His book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling, attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother-child bond. Dr. Wathey, a veteran neuroscientist, argues that evolution has programmed the infant brain to expect the presence of a loving being who responds to the child's needs. As the infant grows into adulthood, this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the realm of religion, where it is reactivated through the symbols, imagery, and rituals of worship. The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy. These insights shed new light on some of the most vexing puzzles of religion, like the popular belief in a god who is judgmental and punishing, yet also unconditionally loving; the extraordinary tenacity of faith; the greater religiosity of women relative to men; religious obsessions with sex; the mysterious compulsion to pray; the seemingly irrepressible feminine attributes of God, even in traditionally patriarchal religions; and the strange allure of cults. Finally, Dr. Wathey considers the hypothesis that religion evolved to foster reproductive success, arguing that, in an age of potentially ruinous overpopulation, magical thinking has become a luxury we can no longer afford, one that distracts us from urgent threats to our planet. Deeply researched yet elegantly written in a jargon-free and accessible style, this book presents a compelling interpretation of the evolutionary origins of spirituality and religion. From the Hardcover edition.

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Author : Benedikt XVI. (Papst)
ISBN : 8820982536
Genre : Religion
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Pardon Ich Bin Christ

Author : C. S. Lewis
ISBN : 3765542296
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Der Drache In Meiner Garage Oder Die Kunst Der Wissenschaft Unsinn Zu Entlarven

Author : Carl Sagan
ISBN : 3426774747
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Philosophische Fragmente

Author : Max Horkheimer
ISBN : WISC:89047591391
Genre : Philosophy
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Der Mensch Und Seine Symbole

Author : Carl G. Jung
ISBN : 3843602948
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Komm Sei Mein Licht

Author : Mother Teresa
ISBN : 3426783614
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Die Berwindung Der Todesfurcht

Author : Ernest Becker
ISBN : OCLC:75157131
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Die Zukunft Einer Illusion

Author : Sigmund Freud
ISBN : 9782366688412
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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"Die Zukunft einer Illusion" von Freud bietet eine kritische Analyse der Verhältnis zwischen Religion und Kultur.

Gemeinsames Leben

Author : Dietrich Bonhoeffer
ISBN : 9783765574023
Genre : Religion
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer gründete die erste evangelische Kommunität mit gemeinsamem Leben im 20. Jahrhundert - das Bruderhaus des Predigerseminars der Bekennenden Kirche. In "Gemeinsames Leben", seinem meistverkauften Buch, schreibt er über den Wert gemeinsamer geistlicher Übungen. Dabei zeigt er sich als Pionier der Bibel-Meditation und als Vorkämpfer für die Erneuerung der evangelischen Beichte. "Gemeinsames Leben" - ein geistliches Übungsbuch, das jeder gelesen haben sollte, der in der Gemeinschaft mit anderen Christen lebt - sei es in einer Kommunität, in der Gemeinde, dem Hauskreis, aber auch in der Familie. In seiner Einführung erzählt Peter Zimmerling vom Leben im Bruderhaus, erklärt die Hintergründe und theologischen Besonderheiten und die Bedeutung für unser geistliches Leben heute.

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