The Natural History of Religion / Edition 1

The Natural History of Religion / Edition 1

by David Hume
     
 

In this essay, Hume pioneers a naturalist account of the causes, effects, and historical development of religious belief. Hume locates the origins of religion in emotion, particularly fear and the desire to control the future. He further argues that monotheism arises from competition between religions, as believers seek to distinguish their deities as superior to all… See more details below

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In this essay, Hume pioneers a naturalist account of the causes, effects, and historical development of religious belief. Hume locates the origins of religion in emotion, particularly fear and the desire to control the future. He further argues that monotheism arises from competition between religions, as believers seek to distinguish their deities as superior to all rivals. The monotheist drive to dominate other beliefs, and to burnish the primitive, emotional core of religion under a veneer of theology, Hume concludes that this yields intolerance, intellectual dishonesty, and unnatural moral doctrines.

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ISBN-13:
9780804703338
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1957
Edition description:
1
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,449,439
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.25(d)

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