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Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Fascinating book!

This book is well written and thought provoking. I am a Christian, and never felt that the author was insulting or demeaning to any religion. I felt he made many good points, made many suggestions towards the study of religion as a natural phenomenon, and did so in an e...
This book is well written and thought provoking. I am a Christian, and never felt that the author was insulting or demeaning to any religion. I felt he made many good points, made many suggestions towards the study of religion as a natural phenomenon, and did so in an entertaining way. He challenges believers without degrading them.

posted by 14327116 on July 19, 2012

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Longwinded and self-important

I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and soon after had the chance to see Dennett in person at a lecture at Caltech. As another reviewer here reflected, I wanted to like this book, and have long been interested in some of the ideas its based on. Unfortu...
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and soon after had the chance to see Dennett in person at a lecture at Caltech. As another reviewer here reflected, I wanted to like this book, and have long been interested in some of the ideas its based on. Unfortunately, Dennett's circular logic and rambling writing (and speaking) style left me more frustrated than illuminated, and for someone who argues against unsubstantiated faith, I felt he left science far behind in many of his assertions. The topic itself is worth a second star, but I would recommend choosing another author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Fascinating book!

    This book is well written and thought provoking. I am a Christian, and never felt that the author was insulting or demeaning to any religion. I felt he made many good points, made many suggestions towards the study of religion as a natural phenomenon, and did so in an entertaining way. He challenges believers without degrading them.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2010

    Very intellectually fulfilling

    This is the most intellectually fulfilling book on religion that I've ever read. If Dennet's writing seems too difficult at times, it's only because he condenses so many complicated ideas into so few pages. I found the passages on idea evolution (or "memetics") particularly interesting and deserving of further inquiry. Out of all the worthy books being written by atheists today, this is by far my first recommendation.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Not always an easy read, but a great book none the less.

    Not always an easy read, but a great book none the less.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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