Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity Paperback

by Roy A. Rappaport;


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Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity

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Roy Rappaport argues that religion is central to the continuing evolution of life, although it has been been displaced from its original position of intellectual authority by the rise of modern science. His book, which could be construed as in some degree religious as well as about religion, insists that religion can and must be reconciled with science. Combining adaptive and cognitive approaches to the study of humankind, he mounts a comprehensive analysis of religion's evolutionary significance, seeing it as co-extensive with the invention of language and hence of culture as we know it. At the same time he assembles the fullest study yet of religion's main component, ritual, which constructs the conceptions which we take to be religious and has been central in the making of humanity's adaptation. The text amounts to a manual for effective ritual, illustrated by examples drawn from anthropology, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and elsewhere.

Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity by Roy A. Rappaport was published by Cambridge University Press in March 1999 and is our 48650th best seller. The ISBN for Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity is 9780521296908.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (March 1999)
Weight886g
Number of Pages557
Thickness36 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780521296908
ISBN-100521296900
Product Code1151438
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