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Hi Napolean, yes, the book is very academic and not at all for a general readership, so you probably would not enjoy it (except, perhaps for the introduction and conclusion). However, my other book on "Theology after the Birth of God" (coming out in July) is a bit less academic, and I am currently working on two more popular books on atheism.
P.S. If you are interested in finding out more about the term "bio-cultural" try: ibcsr.org
Thank you for your reply which I have read together with your blog.
I don't make sense of your third sentence, can't find your word 'bio-cultural' in the Oxford dictionary and while Gods are borne in human culture, I wouldn't think 'born' in human cognition.
I didn't study philosophy or science as an undergraduate. I am a reader of popular science, value rational and free thinking, but have never seen any point in knowing the philosophy of philosophers.
Your book seems advanced and more for your academic circle than general readership.
I must say it doesn't interest me.
Hi Napoleon, great question! To be honest, I would want to hear more about your interests and background before I recommended you read the book. But first, secretion ...I am using the term here in the sense proposed by Gilles Deleuze, when he suggests that all religions "secrete" atheism, and none more so than Christianity. In one sense, atheism is "secreted" when one begins to poke and prod at the internal inconsistencies and the reliance on alleged revelation of ritually engaged supernatural agents within theological defenses of Christianity. In another sense, these inconsistencies ("mysteries") are no secret, they are openly discussed among theologians. I argue that this unveiling is its own sort of concealment, hiding incoherence by displaying it openly and claiming it is accessible only for those who share in imaginative engagement with the gods of the relevant in-group. I argue throughout the book that the empirical discoveries and theoretical developments of the "bio-cultural" study of religion help explain how and why gods are born in human cognition and borne in human cultures, and that Deleuzian philosophy is one powerful resource for dissolving these evolved defaults, which unfortunately promote faulty interpretations of nature and violent inscriptions of society. So, why should you read this book? You should read it only if you find any of those brief comments interesting! For a sneak peak, see this blog entry. Thanks again for the question :)
A secretion can mean a discharge, or concealment but not both at the same time. What do you mean by secretion ? Why should I read your book ?
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