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Book review: Conceiving God, by David Lewis-Williams

At the end of his previous book,The Mind in the Cave, Lewis-Williams wrote that the mental capacity that produced the great cave paintings of the Late Palaeolithic "also produced the potentially disastrous conviction that God speaks to us, telling us how to conduct our own lives and how other people should conduct theirs." This book begins where the previous one left off. It is an examination of how the human mind automatically generates belief in a world of spirits and why the religions that result from that belief should be rejected. In other words, Lewis-Williams is in the same camp as as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, and his rejection of religion as divisive and potentially dangerous is as uncompromising as theirs. [more]


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