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Darwin's Cathedral

Darwin's Cathedral - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226901343

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ISBN13: 978-0226901343
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 2002
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Darwin's Cathedral - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226901343

David Sloan Wilson

ISBN13: 978-0226901343
ISBN10: 0226901343
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Until recently, evolution and religion have been considered contending, irreconcilable theories of origin and existence. In this book, David Sloan Wilson takes the radical step of joining the two, but not in the usual fashion. The key, he argues, is to think of society as an organism--one in which morality and religion are adaptations that allow groups of humans to function as coherent wholes.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Church as Organism

1. The View from Evolutionary Biology

2. The View from Social Sciences

3. Calvinism: An Argument from Design

4. The Secular Utility of Religion: Historical Examples

5. The Secular Utility of Religion: The Modern Literature

6. Forgiveness as a Complex Adaptation

7. Unifying Systems

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

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