Great american essays 2009

An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God's presence. More than any rituals or doctrines, it is this experience that anchors religious faith, yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religion.

"... [Dr. Wathey's] book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling, attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother-child bond...[He] argues that evolution has programmed the infant brain to expect the presence of a loving being who responds to the child's needs. As the infant grows into adulthood, this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the realm of religion, where it is reactivated through the symbols, imagery, and rituals of worship. The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy. 

These insights shed new light on some of the most vexing puzzles of religion, like:

Hear some of the greatest American essays ever written! This unabridged collection covers a multitude of subjects, including philosophy, politics, turkeys, and dogs. It includes Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Self-Reliance;' Henry David Thoreau's 'Walking' and 'Civil Disobedience;' Mark Twain's 'Hunting the Deceitful Turkey;' Benjamin Franklin's 'Reply to a Begging Letter;' and Thomas Paine's 'The American Crisis.' You'll also hear 'The Union and Its New Constitution' by Alexander Hamilton; 'The Art of Publicity' by P. T. Barnum; John Burroughs's 'A Life of Fear;' Bradford Torry's 'A Short Month;' Eugene Field's 'Other People's Dogs;' and James Russell Lowell's 'Abraham Lincoln.'

Great american essays 2009

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