Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict

Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict

Ara Norenzayan


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

Sincere religion in watchful massive Gods unleashed extraordinary cooperation inside of ever-expanding teams, but while it brought a brand new resource of strength clash among competing teams. And in a few elements 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 basic 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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