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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (June 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984493212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984493210
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book about the evolutionary drivers of religiosity would have delighted [Darwin].... One by one the components of religion receive the Thomson treatment. Every point he makes has the ring of truth, abetted by a crisp style and vivid imagery. Andy Thomson is an outstandingly persuasive lecturer, and it shines through his writing. This short, punchy book will be swiftly read—and long remembered."

—Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, from the foreword of Why We Believe in God(s)



"Andy Thomson, with Clare Aukofer, has written a wonderfully concise introduction to our growing scientific understanding of religion. If you would like to learn, in the span of an hour, why we have every reason to believe that God is man-made—this is the book to read."

—Sam Harris, author of the New York Times best sellers The Moral LandscapeLetter to a Christian Nation, and The End of Faith

About the Author

J. Anderson Thomson Jr., MD, is a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia's Student Health Center and Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. He maintains a private practice of adult and forensic psychiatry and serves as a trustee of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Clare Aukofer is a medical writer and editor. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Richard Dawkins is an ethologist, an evolutionary biologist, and a writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was formerly University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science. Among his previous books are The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, and The Selfish Gene.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SuperE on Sept. 3 2012
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A perfect marriage of psychology, religious beliefs and evolution.

If I wanted to debate anyone about religion, this would be the book to bring up - once you can show that god is in the mind, there's no argument to refute it.
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By Roedy Green on March 17 2015
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This is a highly recommended book for getting a Christian to look at the wider world of religion, and understand why other religions took root. It is then only one step to consider the possibility Christianity is no different from the other religions.
For some infuriating reasnon, Amazon.ca files this book under NINE different ASINS not counting hardcover and kinde variants.
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This short book provides a nice rounded summary of some important aspects of psychology and sociology which explain the ubiquitous nature of religious belief. I would recommend it for any reader interested in psychology and a critical analysis of religious thinking and belief.
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