Believers by Melvin Konner audiobook

Believers: Faith in Human Nature

By Melvin Konner
Read by Tom Parks

Highbridge Audio 9780393651867

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781684573899

  • ISBN: 9781684573899

Runtime: 7.85 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

Believers is a scientist's answer to attacks on faith by some well-meaning scientists and philosophers. It is a firm rebuke of the "Four Horsemen"—Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens—known for writing about religion as something irrational and ultimately harmful. Anthropologist Melvin Konner explores the psychology, development, brain science, evolution, and even genetics of the varied religious impulses we experience as a species.

Conceding that faith is not for everyone, he views religious people with a sympathetic eye; his own upbringing, his apprenticeship in the trance-dance religion of the African Bushmen, and his friends and explorations in Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and other faiths have all shaped his perspective. Faith has always manifested itself in different ways—some revelatory and comforting; some kind and good; some ecumenical and cosmopolitan; some bigoted, coercive, and violent. But the future, Konner argues, will both produce more nonbelievers, and incline the religious among us—holding their own by having larger families—to increasingly reject prejudice and aggression.

Believers shows us that religion does much good as well as undoubted harm, and that for at least a large minority of humanity, the belief in things unseen neither can nor should go away.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“At the outset, [Konner] identifies himself as an atheist who, after adolescence, left behind his own religious upbringing, and draws upon his experience as an anthropologist living among hunter-gatherers in Botswana. Then, in each of the following lively chapters, he explores an astonishing range of perspectives.” New York Times Book Review
"[An] illuminating book. His is an eclectic approach that draws from William James’ classic The Varieties of Religious Experience to the trance dances of the bushmen of the Kalahari.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Melvin Konner

Author Bio: Melvin Konner

Melvin Konner, MD, is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in the department of anthropology and the program in neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University. He is the author of Believers, Women After All, Becoming a Doctor, and The Tangled Wing, among other books.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 7.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English