"—Frans de Waal, author of The Bonobo and the Atheist, "This is a terrific book. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Read "Big Gods How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict" by Ara Norenzayan available from Rakuten Kobo. Sometimes what I discover in such 'dense academic' writings is rewarding enough to justify my time and intellectual effort in reading them; however, most of the time I find that my efforts were wasted and that the dense writing that I worked through imparted little or no new information. How to Self-publish and Market a Book: An integated approach to publishing and mark... Judgment Day: The Historical and Religious Evolution of the Concept of Last Judgment, The Ape that Understood the Universe: How the Mind and Culture Evolve. He also provides a compelling exploration of the ongoing global competition for humanity's heart and mind between the monotheisms and various forms of atheism that represent God's secular offspring, including the great ideologies of the modern era and perhaps science itself." Drawing from several disciplines, he skillfully describes the interplay between the origins of religion and society, toward the form we know today. Ara Norenzayan's Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict is one of those rare books bound to becoming a classic for a generation of colleagues and students." 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. Although academic it is very readable although a bit repetitive in parts. Its main theme is that religions have been a major factor in the growth of large societies, and that religions may subsequently decline only when reliable social institutions such as the rule of law become established. Big Gods: How Religion Tr ansformed Cooperation and Conflict. Norenzayan is a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia. --Paul Bloom, author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, "Of all the topics forbidden debate in polite company, religion is the last taboo. The data reveal how religion impacts human behavior. . Phone: +86 10 8457 8802 "—Choice, "Norenzayan's book provides the best collection and dissemination of research regarding religion as a cultural adaptation for prosociality and cooperation among groups. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Please try again. People in such societies need a big god to unite them, watch them, and scare them with divine sanctions--the studies show all these things are important. Big Gods sheds light on the cultural evolution of sacred watchers who arguably make us better humans. "—Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution, "The book is a breakthrough, and will undoubtedly influence scientific perspectives on religion and secularism. Injustice has plagued American society for centuries. It is written by a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of British Columbia and its conclusions are backed by an impressive number of experimental studies. "—Michael Blume, Evolution: This View of Life, "Once in a while, a whole field of research is pushed forward by a seminal work. Leads the reader from simple graphs through planar graphs, Euler's formula, Platonic graphs, coloring, the genus of a graph. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. When belief in God was distilled into belief in a mean God (i.e., vengeful, and punishing) versus belief in a nice God (i.e., compassionate and forgiving), participants endorsing a mean-God concept were less likely to cheat relative to nice-God supporters. Big Gods by Ara Norenzayan asks and answers questions about how and why large groups of people are affected by religions with large deities. In short, the positive explanation says: BIG moralistic gods helped people in large, complex societies treat each other more cooperatively, fairly, and "nicely" even though they had no familial/kinship/genetically based reason to trust each other enough to cooperate. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. . This is a very rare book: a popular book about religion that actually builds on Durkheim's and Weber's demonstrations that religion is about society, morality, and solidarity--not a failed attempt to explain the universe, not the result of eating funny mushrooms. Unable to add item to List. "—Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, "Does God make us good? Norenzayan (a psychologist) builds on his and others' studies of religion to show how it creates and maintains social solidarity and morality. Market your book like a pro. A major step forward in understanding the evolution of religion. Big Gods: How Religion Tr ansformed Cooperation and Conflict. Perhaps the U.S.A.is not so well established as it appears to an outsider! Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. . 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 and provocative argument that these fundamental puzzles about the origins of civilization are one and the same, and answer each other. Unit 2702, NUO Centre To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. 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? 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. Replete with insights about morality, cooperation, faith, atheism, and much more, Big Gods will change the way we think about human nature and human society." You deserve a life you love. Norenzayan then covers what he labels as “The Eight Principles of Big Gods” (Norenzayan, 2013), and closes by presenting an interesting analogy, placing many of the modern secular institutions we have today (e.g. 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. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Big Gods by Ara Norenzayan asks and answers questions about how and why large groups of people are affected by religions with large deities. Listen to the latest episodes. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. This brave, lucid, balanced blend of compassion and science tackles our most cherished values and most intractable disputes. In Big Gods, Ara Norenzayan makes the surprising argument that these fundamental puzzles about the origins of civilization answer each other. Replete with insights about morality, cooperation, faith, atheism, and much more, Big Gods will change the way we think about human nature and human society. This book did an excellent job of explaining the more positive side of the question: Why is most of the civilized world a place where BIG gods are worshiped...even though only a tiny fraction of human history (the last .1%) have we expressed any interest in BIG god religions? Directions. In Big Gods, Ara Norenzayan makes the surprising and provocative argument that these fundamental puzzles about the origins of civilization are one and the same, and answer each other. The facts, myths, history, science, and Word of God. --Scott Atran, author of In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion, "In a time of heated debate about the origin and function of religion, Ara Norenzayan provides a much-needed, well-written argument based on extensive research. He examines eight main questions (found in "The Big Idea") about religions and how corporation can still exist without believing in a main religion. A Beautiful Morning can help you create it. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 9, 2014, A convincing explanation for the spread of monotheistic religions, Explaining the role of Big Gods to WEIRDs. 247 pp.