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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.