David Lewis-Williams on the Origin of Religion

David Lewis-Williams’ 2010 book Conceiving God: The Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion, has two rather contradictory aims.  One is an argument for atheism, the other is an argument for a neurological origin of religion.  His argument for atheism is neither original nor interesting, and the reader can afford to skim those sections.  On the other hand, Lewis-Williams’ theory of the origin of religion is worth careful reading and consideration, for itself and for its broader implications.

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