The Invention of God: The Natural Origins of Mythology and Religion Paperback – Jul 26 2011
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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 www.BillLauritzen.com.
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"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.