Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict by Ara Norenzayan

By Ara Norenzayan

How did human societies scale up from tight-knit teams of hunter-gatherers to the massive, nameless, cooperative societies of today—even notwithstanding anonymity is the enemy of cooperation? How did geared up religions with "Big Gods"—the nice monotheistic and polytheistic faiths—spread to colonize such a lot minds on this planet? In Big Gods, Ara Norenzayan makes the remarkable argument that those basic puzzles in regards to the origins of civilization solution every one other.

Sincere religion in watchful huge Gods unleashed extraordinary cooperation inside ever-expanding teams, but whilst it brought a brand new resource of strength clash among competing teams. And in a few components of the realm, societies with atheist majorities—some of the main cooperative and filthy rich within the world—have climbed religion's ladder, after which kicked it away.

Big Gods solutions primary questions about the origins and unfold of worldwide religions and is helping us comprehend the increase of cooperative societies with no trust in gods.

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