Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the by Robert N. Bellah

By Robert N. Bellah

Religion in Human Evolution is a piece of amazing ambition—a wide-ranging, nuanced probing of our organic earlier to find the types of lives that humans have regularly imagined have been worthy dwelling. It bargains what's usually noticeable as a forbidden conception of the starting place of faith that is going deep into evolution, specifically yet no longer completely cultural evolution.

How did our early ancestors go beyond the quotidian calls for of daily lifestyles to embody another fact that known as into query the very which means in their day-by-day fight? Robert Bellah, one of many prime sociologists of our time, identifies various cultural capacities, corresponding to communal dancing, storytelling, and theorizing, whose emergence made this spiritual improvement attainable. Deploying the newest findings in biology, cognitive technology, and evolutionary psychology, he strains the growth of those cultural capacities from the Paleolithic to the Axial Age (roughly, the 1st millennium BCE), while members and teams within the previous global challenged the norms and ideology of sophistication societies governed by means of kings and aristocracies. those spiritual prophets and renouncers by no means succeeded in founding their substitute utopias, yet they left a background of feedback that will no longer be quenched.

Bellah’s therapy of the 4 nice civilizations of the Axial Age—in historical Israel, Greece, China, and India—shows all present religions, either prophetic and mystic, to be rooted within the evolutionary tale he tells. Religion in Human Evolution solutions the decision for a severe heritage of faith grounded within the complete diversity of human constraints and possibilities.

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