Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society / Edition 1

Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society / Edition 1

by David Sloan Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226901351

ISBN-13: 9780226901350

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

From Calvinism in sixteenth-century Geneva to Balinese water temples, from hunter-gatherer societies to urban America, Wilson demonstrates how religions have enabled people to achieve by collective action what they never could do alone. He also includes a chapter considering forgiveness from an evolutionary perspective and concludes by discussing how all social…  See more details below

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From Calvinism in sixteenth-century Geneva to Balinese water temples, from hunter-gatherer societies to urban America, Wilson demonstrates how religions have enabled people to achieve by collective action what they never could do alone. He also includes a chapter considering forgiveness from an evolutionary perspective and concludes by discussing how all social organizations, including science, could benefit by incorporating elements of religion. Religious believers often compare their communities to single organisms and even to insect colonies. Astoundingly, Wilson shows that they might be literally correct. Intended for any reader, Darwin's Cathedral will change forever the way we view the relations among evolution, religion, and human society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226901350
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
670,157
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Church as Organism1
Ch. 1The View from Evolutionary Biology5
Ch. 2The View from the Social Sciences47
Ch. 3Calvanism: An Argument from Design86
Ch. 4The Secular Utility of Religion: Historical Examples125
Ch. 5The Secular Utility of Religion: The Modern Literature161
Ch. 6Forgiveness as a Complex Adaptation189
Ch. 7Unifying Systems219
Notes235
Bibliography245
Acknowledgments259
Index261

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