Breaking the Spell - Daniel C. Dennett

Breaking the Spell

By Daniel C. Dennett

  • Release Date: 2006-02-02
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
4 Score: 4 (From 68 Ratings)


The New York Times bestseller – a “crystal-clear, constantly engaging” (Jared Diamond) exploration of the role that religious belief plays in our lives and our interactions

For all the thousands of books that have been written about religion, few until this one have attempted to examine it scientifically: to ask why—and how—it has shaped so many lives so strongly. Is religion a product of blind evolutionary instinct or rational choice? Is it truly the best way to live a moral life? Ranging through biology, history, and psychology, Daniel C. Dennett charts religion’s evolution from “wild” folk belief to “domesticated” dogma. Not an antireligious screed but an unblinking look beneath the veil of orthodoxy, Breaking the Spell will be read and debated by believers and skeptics alike.


  • Great Read!

    By A.Long
    Dennett's approach to religion is more natural and accessible to people who just wonder how it got that way.The linear logic and strong science in his book makes the case that religion like any product has been market tested and evolved to the nth degree. Dennett should provoke powerful debate and health inquiry into matters of faith by skeptics and believers,alike!