Big Gods Paperback

How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict

by Ara Norenzayan;

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Big Gods

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How did human societies scale up from tight-knit groups of hunter-gatherers to the large, anonymous, cooperative societies of today--even though anonymity is the enemy of cooperation? How did organized religions with "Big Gods"--the great monotheistic and polytheistic faiths--spread to colonize most minds in the world? In Big Gods, Ara Norenzayan makes the surprising argument that these fundamental puzzles about the origins of civilization answer each other. Sincere faith in watchful Big Gods unleashed unprecedented cooperation within ever-expanding groups, yet at the same time it introduced a new source of potential conflict between competing groups. And in some parts of the world, societies with atheist majorities--some of the most cooperative and prosperous in the world--have climbed religion's ladder, and then kicked it away. Big Gods answers fundamental questions about the origins and spread of world religions and helps us understand the rise of cooperative societies without belief in gods.

Big Gods by Ara Norenzayan was published by Princeton University Press in September 2015. The ISBN for Big Gods is 9780691169743.

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Details for Big Gods

Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPrinceton University Press (September 2015)
Number of Pages264
Thickness18 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4361354
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