God is Watching You Hardback
How the Fear of God Makes Us Human
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God is Watching You
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God Is Watching You is an exploration of this belief as it has developed over time and how it has shaped the course of human evolution. Dominic Johnson explores questions such as: How has a concern for supernatural consequences affected the way human society has changed, how we live today, and how we will live in the future? Does it expand or limit the potential for local, regional and global cooperation today? How will the current decline in religious belief (at least in many western countries) affect selfishness and society in the future? And what, if anything, is replacing our ancient concerns for supernatural punishment as the means to temper self-interest and promote cooperation? In short, do we still need God? Drawing on new research from anthropology, evolutionary biology, experimental psychology, and neuroscience, Johnson presents a new theory of supernatural punishment that offers fresh insight on the origins and evolution of not only religion, but human cooperation and society.
He shows that belief in supernatural reward and punishment is no quirk of western or Christian culture, but a ubiquitous part of human nature that spans geographical regions, cultures, and human history.
God is Watching You by Dominic Johnson was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016. The ISBN for God is Watching You is 9780199895632.
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Details for God is Watching You
|Author / Artist||Dominic Johnson|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press (January 2016)|
|Number of Pages||304|
|Page last updated||20th December 2017|