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Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God Hardcover – Sep 28 2010

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (Sept. 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061828505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061828508
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Take one man who rejects authority and religion, and leads a punk band. Take another man who wonders whether vertebrates arose in rivers or in the ocean, is fascinated by evolution, creativity, and Ice Age animals. Put them together, what do you get? Greg Graffin, and this uniquely fascinating book.” (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse)

“A worldview eloquently expressed.” (Chicago Tribune)

“[Graffin] explains how evolution can be a guide to life.” (Scientific American)

“Humble, challenging, and inspiring.... For Graffin, the appeal of both worlds was that, at their best, they challenged authority, dogma and given truths and opened up space for the anarchic process of creativity.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Graffin is one of those rare people who seem to have combined two lives into one. He’s one of a small but growing number of atheists in the United States willing to talk about the damage they believe religion can do.” (Paste)

“Bucking authority and the religious views of his family, Graffin explains how he has developed a personal philosophy that celebrates the power of nature.” (Nature)

“Anarchy Evolution sets out to draw connections between evolution, naturalist thought and punk, an undertaking that might sound rife with the potential to be reachy—or preachy. But Graffin and Olson manage to weave the seemingly disparate concepts together into a satisfying narrative.” (LA Weekly)

“Whether you’re a believer, an atheist, an agnostic, or anything in between, this is a necessary book.” (PopMatters)

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Most people know Greg Graffin as the lead singer of the punk band Bad Religion, but few know that he also received a PhD from Cornell University and teaches evolution at the University of California at Los Angeles. In Anarchy Evolution, Graffin argues that art and science have a deep connection. As an adolescent growing up when "drugs, sex, and trouble could be had on any given night," Graffin discovered that the study of evolution provided a framework through which he could make sense of the world.

In this provocative and personal book, he describes his own coming of age as an artist and the formation of his naturalist worldview on questions involving God, science, and human existence. While the battle between religion and science is often displayed in the starkest of terms, Anarchy Evolution provides fresh and nuanced insights into the long-standing debate about atheism and the human condition. It is a book for anyone who has ever wondered if God really exists.

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Anarchy Evolution is an honest, inspiring, and well organized book. Before I review the book, I'd like to explain why and how I became a fan of Bad Religion and Greg Graffin. I have been a Bad Religion fan since I was 12 (I am 24 now) and feel as if I have grown as a person through their music. I remember listening to some of their songs as a freshman in college and having to look up some of their words in the dictionary as a result of my limited vocabulary. Now I am a graduate student in Linguistics and not only do I understand their lexicon now; but their songs have a new meaning for me. I will be honest and say that my background in evolution and science was limited prior to reading this book. I understood the basic concept of evolution and accepted it; however, I did not have enough knowledge of it to think critically about aspects of it, or apply to other concepts.

Anarchy Evolution uses the backdrop of Bad Religion, music, and anecdotes of Graffin's childhoof to explain evolution and the naturalist worldview. Graffin uses personal stories and events to explain how evolution is relevant and meaningful to people's lives. Further, he offers his own philosophy on how to live a meaningful life as a naturalist. I would recommend this book to Bad Religion fans, people interested in evolution, and punk fans in general :).

Good job, Greg!
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Excellent! I found Graffin had a suspence-like ability to keep you turning pages. His direct approach to supporting his beliefs, coupled with the numerous footnotes and references, allowed me to gain a very complete and comprehensive understanding of the naturalist perspective. I admire him and find he is very easy to identify with because of a very casual tone he maintains throughout the book. Makes me hope he continues to write and Ive found myself frustrated trying to get my hands on a copy of his discertation. Definitely intrigued to read more of his work. I coupled this reading with his colaborated work with Preston Jones, "Is belief in God good, bad, or irrelivent?" Both very thought prevoking books.
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Book was amazing, packaging was great. BAD RELIGION RULE!!!!! PUNK ROCK. need to write 3 more words and i am done
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great book
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