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The Invention of God: The Natural Origins of Mythology and Religion [Paperback]

Bill Lauritzen

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July 26 2011
How did mythology and religion first begin? Where did the ideas of "God," "spirit" and "soul" come from? The author takes us to ancient times, showing us how early humans struggled to make sense of the world around them. Drawing on history, geology, volcanology, anthropology, chemistry, astronomy, archeology, oceanography, biology and cognitive science, the author reveals the surprising true meaning of our most sacred stories. "Bill Lauritzen is some kind of genius." Sir Arthur C. Clarke. "Anyone interested in science and religion should read this book." Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D., Psychology, UC Irvine. "An interesting and thought-provoking book." Dr. Mamikon Mnatsakanian, Ph.D, Astrophysicist, Mathematician, California Institute of Technology

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Streetwrite (July 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978754336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978754334
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #490,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Lauritzen is an accomplished author, inventor, engineer and scientist. His multidisciplinary approach has enabled him to make contributions in several fields. His website is

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and Unique View April 14 2011
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The Invention of God by Bill Lauritzen

"The Invention of God" is a fascinating look at how early humans made sense about the world. Bill Lauritzen's interesting background as a psychologist, engineer, inventor, and just pure curiosity of our world has lead him to some fascinating theories about the origins of religion and science. This 432 KB digital book is composed of the following nine chapters: 1. The Pharaohs' Volcanoes, 2. Volcanic Lightning Bolts, 3. The Bible's Volcanoes, 4. The Volcano Gods, 5. Geological Creation and Destruction, 6. The Chemistry of the Soul, 7. The Oxygen Gods, 8. The Worship of Oxygen, and 9. Connecting the Dots.

1. A meticulously researched book that provides a unique look at the origins of religion and science.
2. A well conceived theory backed by compelling evidence.
3. How the religions of the world emerged from the same natural phenomena.
4. I will never look at volcanoes the same way ever again.
5. An interesting look at historical gods.
6. Fire, earth, air and water...
7. How volcanoes inspired creation stories.
8. Did Atlas held the world on his shoulders? Find out.
9. How volcanism was responsible for the large percentage of the land-masses of the Earth.
10. An interesting list of potential catastrophic mega-explosions in the near future.
11. Absolutely loved the chapter about the origin of spirits and souls!
12. Thought- provoking interesting thoughts and quotes, "Man would rather believe than know..."
13. The origin of science, an interesting look.
14. The value of simplicity to convey ideas.
15. A new twist on tornadoes.
16. Hunter, gatherers and seafarers oh my.
17. The purpose of pyramids.
18. Great use of converging knowledge to reach sound conclusions.
19. Tidbits of wisdom abound. "There is a conflict between truth by revelation and truth by observation and experiment".
20. Good use of illustrations and tables.
21. Streamlined version makes for an easy read.
22. Great Timeline Appendix.
23. Links work, bravo!

1. Some may object to some speculation but I conclude that some of it was necessary and the author does a wonderful job of using converging knowledge to connect the dots. Well done!

In summary, the best way to describe this book is to compare it to a great independent movie. It may not have the budget, the polish, the backing of a major distributor but it has a great story propelled by the love and curiosity of its author. I enjoyed this book because it provides a unique look at religion and science and does so with very strong compelling arguments. I highly recommend it!

Further recommendations: "The Evolution of God" by Robert Wright, "Man Made God: A Collection of Essays..." by Barbara G. Walker, "Religion Explained" by Pascal Boyer, "The Third Basic Instinct: How Religion Doesn't Get You (Revised Edition)" by Alex S. Key, and "50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God" by Guy P. Harrison.
47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Nothing Quite Like This Book in Popular Publication. Ever. May 21 2011
By Moncef Gridda - Published on
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This non-fiction book is criminally underrated. It's a crime that more people have not read it. After reading it myself (in a little more than 24 hours, mind you) I found "The Invention of God" awesome and spectacularly seminal: i.e., useful. I originally felt that perhaps anything contained in this book will have been information already covered in my previous readings or studies. However, it truly offers new knowledge and insight (at least to me) in the historical sense. Meaning - to my admitted surprise - it offers to me and contributes to my knowledge, despite that I've read Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Democritus, Lucretius, Dante, Montaigne, Bacon, Ibn Sinna, Ibn Rushd, Voltaire, Descartes, Marx, Nietzsche, Goethe, Darwin, Paine, Russell, Mencken, Heidegger, Twain, Orwell, Sagan, Harris, Plantinga, Dawkins, Dennett or Hitchens (and etc). So, I thought this book would not offer me any new information as so many "New Atheist" authors tend to belabor the ideas and concepts of the history of anti-theism, but then I took a chance on this novel (in purchasing it) and found it useful despite all of that. Definitely worth the purchase! That is why I'm writing my first review on Amazon about this book: it's an injustice that it isn't more popular. If only [the author] were a professor of History (because this book is highly historical and geological and gives a rare historical look into the myths of religions), then perhaps this book would have more clout in the publishing world (since full professors are usually required to publish with academic publishing houses and have "their foot in the door"). Definitely a must-read for any theist-apologist (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Jain, Hindu, Shinto or ANY) and a must-have in the book-shelf of any anti-theist literary collection.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every rationalist Dec 2 2012
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Contrary to popular belief God did not create man - On the other hand Man created God as a crutch for himself during his difficult times. A very rationalist view point.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read Sept. 1 2010
By Alex Lopez - Published on
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First and foremost I echo everything that has already been said about the contents of this book. Absolutely sheds light on the whole topic of religion and their origins. I began reading this unaware of what was in store for me and quickly found myself mesmerized by the contents of this book. Simply put it just makes perfect sense to me, and I highly recommend it. Reading it I immediately felt like I had to share this with anyone interested in such a subject, I can't recommend this book enough. If you have made it this far, reading this review, then your obviously the right person for this book, just buy it, you can thank me later, and write your own review to help get this word out.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy S*** March 18 2012
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This book blew my mind. There were things I never would have fathomed had anything to do with how early humans formed god concepts about how the world and universe operates around them. Mr. Lauritzen gave due diligence to researching the history and geology associated with his theory. Excelllent book.

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