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The Evolution of Gods: The Scientific Origin of Divinity And Religions

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Did gods create humanity or did humans create gods?

Human interest in the origin of humankind has been documented throughout the recorded history. Did some divine power create the first couple? Religious scriptures the world over aver that one or the other god gave birth to humans, but science has not yet identified any supernatural power that created and governed human bei
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Paperback, 2012, 232 pages
Published June 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers India
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Vishnu Chevli
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Evolution of Gods" - The Scientific origin of divinity and religions. Don't miss this book, just grab it. One of the best eye-opening book I have read in recent years. Title-subtitle combination is more than enough to capture readers attention.

We accept the theory of evolution but never thought how religions came into existence. If we want to understand the evolution of religion, we have to start with the evolution of mankind. None of the religion came into existence overnight. It took the
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David
Apr 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was not what I was looking for. From the title, I expected a scientific, perhaps anthropological, examination of mankind's search for a supreme being. Instead what I got, from the very beginning, was a lot of speculation about how priests had consciously invented religions as a way of gaining power over the people. Even in the earliest, pre-historic chapters, the author seemed to know what had happened, as if he had been there. I will keep looking for a scientific explanation of our search ...more
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone.. A scientific approach to solve the riddle of our origin and God.. :)
Recommended to Nikita by: Ajay Kansal
Are Gods real?
Did they exist at one time on Earth or are they just a figment of our imagination?
Did God create the first couple on earth?
How did plants, animals, insects etc. come to be?


All these and more questions have been of immense interest to humans from centuries. The natural curiosity about the origin of life though documented throughout history has always featured some unexplained parts which Science has not been able to explain leaving imaginative people at liberty to spin all kinds of
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Book
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: atheism-religion
The Evolution of Gods: The Scientific Origin of Divinity and Religions by Ajay Kansal

“The Evolution of Gods" is a very ambitious and interesting book that explains the evolution of gods. It explains the when, why and how humankind invented divine powers. The book focuses on archeological and literary evidence. It also provides a brief history on Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity. Dr Kansal does a commendable job of supporting his main argument that the gods have been invented by humankind. This
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Albert Dey
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it

An American recipe served in India
In order to make this review more valuable to the reader I would like to mention my background first. I was a Catholic who gradually became disillusioned by religions. During my early half of life, I survived on "faith" and despite my enough efforts, I could find no evidence that God existed. Richard Dawkins book was extremely helpful and was the first book I have read on the Atheist side of the fence. Again, Dawkins did not answer why and how religions and gods
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Rama
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: essays, religion
Essays on religion and related subjects

This book lacks focus. The author has no specific objective but runs amok through the ancient history of human beings, and dwells on subjects like anthropology, religion and human evolution. But he gets lost while defining the myth of human life. Civilization grew first and spirituality came long after humans learnt to survive in this world. The author has a spiritual awakening in his life but he cannot let his attention diffuse on numerous areas of human
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Catherine
Aug 21, 2012 rated it did not like it

The objective study of religion has been pursued since the late nineteenth century by several scholars. Over the past decade a new spate of books have been written by scientists and philosophers who are approaching the topic as if they were inventing the scientific study of religion. These authors share a powerful bias against religion and a woefully inadequate knowledge of the world's spiritual traditions. All these books have one unequivocal goal to deny God and other divine powers.
This book i
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Varunsp
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Did gods create mankind, or did mankind create gods ????? I have this question in my mind as long as I can remember and I guess most people do..Well in this case The Evolution of Gods has the answer to those questions.. Glad to find all related details in a single book explained with Scientific and Archeological discoveries at different times since the human existence..A great book to know about the origin of mankind, religions, culture etc.. I have 5/5 Since there is much information included.
Robyn
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lacking Research and proffesionalism

Repetitive and biased. Little scientific evidence or foundation. Presents a general and basic theory that fails to challenge or introduce anything.
Anamika Sood
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Form my adolescent days I was skeptical about gods. I have already read three books on the subject, the history and the evolution of God. Honestly speaking I could not complete these since these were reference books. The content and language was much complicated to understand. And these were talking about the Christian God only.
However, I read the evolution of gods in toto. Its language is so simple and it describes my religion i.e Hindusim as well. This book has drawn a clear cut picture in my
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Aravind Raamkumar
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This books challenges the concept of God-belief from a Scientific viewpoint. The writing style is very simple and it turned out to be a breezy read. The underlying message of the book is to force people out of ignorance and start progressing in life through intellectual discovery of external environment and also to critically analyse traditional beliefs. Overall, an excellent effort from Ajay Kansal.
Sanchit Bhandari
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog Musings of Immortals

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. (Luke 17:5)



The Evolution of Gods: The Scientific Origin of Divinity And Religions is a book for atheists to sharpen their weapons and also a one for believers to enrich their faith in the Almighty. Dr Kansal, an
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Divya Chirania
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Does God exist? This question has intrigued me for quite some time now.
No doubt I used to believe that there is some supernatural power which is guiding this earth & our lives. To my surprise, it is not science which has answers to all these questions but History has preserved enough evidence that it is mankind which has created God & not the other way.

In the paleolithic era when the man has just come out of ice age, it was difficult to understand the working of nature. Not to forget t
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Vibhav
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author and goodreads for providing this book as giveaway.

Recommended for agnostics and those who are still wondering if there is such a think as god. If you still think there might be some truth in the mythology and religion, this book is right for you.

It is a short book that can easily be read conver to cover. it will take you through the history of humankind and shows the evolution of human thought processes. It is a natural sequel and expansion of the "law of religion" chapter
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Ruchi Patel
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
I just loved the book. Forst of all i like cover page the most. When i took the book in my hand, i thought it ll be full of mythological stories, but as I went through it proved me quite wtong. Its really interesting and enhancing knowledge. I can give 5/5 marks to the content of the book. Content is really good and worth reading and it shows that autjor has done much research regarding topic and shows enrich knowledge of the author. I cut down a star bcz i was expecting storyline of the book ra ...more
Shahidur Rahman
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The God, Imagination, Big Bang & Evolution

The God:
Only single name for the absolute place or Nature or God or Dark energy or absolute time sole dimension or sole dimension of power of the things of the universe, great space or the location the center of the connectors between the great world or the great universes, location of the beginning or ending or the most deepest place, same location of place period or the matter, location of the big black hole or primordial black hole or before big
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U.C Saxena
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At the outset, I should say that I liked the book immensely and had a hard time putting it down. I pretty much agreed with everything that Mr. Kansal had to say. Over a year ago, I read "The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins", an internationally acclaimed book on atheism. This provides several valuable arguments and facts, at places with abusive tone, to establish that God does not exist. At the same time, Dawkins do not explain why and when religions and gods took birth.
However, "The Evolution of
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Jenifer
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
The Evolution of Gods is about the age old question; did gods create mankind or mankind create gods. It presents a convincing narrative of the evolution of gods. The author must has better named it ‘The Invention of Gods’.
This book looks as if a story of human evolution. This begins from the origin of humans and narrates several developmetal milestones e.g language, religioin, agriculture, writing, sacrifices, preyars, disease, social disease, moral codes, Holy books, wichcraft, etc. and end wi
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Supertramp
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Goodreads and the author for providing this very insightful book to me through giveaways. I took a long time to start this book as I was little busy in reading other stuff. But when I started this it took me a one week time to finish it off.

The book deals about almost everything like from origin of the earth to the origin of the modern technology. It provides you all the information on how every present belief was born. At some places it is like a story. At some places it is like a fa
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Sara Smith
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-reads
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

What I liked the most about this book was that it made me think of something that I had never spent any time thinking about before--where did gods come from? I grew up in a religious household, but the Biblical stories just felt like stories to me. It didn't feel like something that had really occurred. Dr. Kansal's book validated that feeling to me by saying several points about how the ancient holy text (Bible, Koran, et
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Prashant Gupta
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Yes, I gave it a 3 star rating (comparatively low) and still claim that it had an impact on my definition of God.Even after reading the book, I do believe in God but probably I have become a person with a better understanding of Religion and God. ( That's the beauty of this book ). The author has very lucidly convinced the reader that Religion has always been twisted and turned to suit the needs of society.rulers or diplomats with ulterior motives.It shows how the concept of God and Religion got ...more
Prashant Pandit
This book seems to have left me perplexed over my faith rather than the religion. Faith may/may not stem from the religious belief, but for someone like me coming from the middle class and upbringing with religiously well rooted (won’t say deep rooted) thoughts, faith certainly is intertwined with religious beliefs. I am a pro-science person and no way in denial of the evolution of earth and mankind proposed in a scientific way, but to deny the absolute foundation of faith - in the divine - chal ...more
Davis Bake
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Being an atheist, I have already read several famous books on this premise. This book is different in several aspects. For example, most books I read did not mention prehistoric religion precisely. Most of the books, propagating atheism, describe mainly monotheist religions; it has included Hinduism and Buddhism as well.
The book has one peculiar chapter that explains that after adoption of cultivation humanity suffered several new diseases, which gave birth to gods. The contemporary priests expl
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Lori
Jul 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this book as the result of a well-publicized book tour and was immediately intrigued and excited by the subject matter. I read the preface, which in and of itself was exhaustive, and found myself apprehensive and fervently hoping that the actual content would be presented in a more engaging manner that would compel me to read further. Such was not the case. I understand that the intent is to inform, but the tone and pace were so meticulously dry that, despite my profound interest ...more
Aswin Kumar
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book thanks to the good reads give away nd i express my gratitude to ajay khansal for taking time to host the give away and mail me this book..
"The greatest obstacle to discovery was not ignorance,it was the illusion of knowledge",
Ajay khansal rightly portraits how the illusion of gods helped the world to survive its most dangerous atrocities bt at the same time how much the gods resulted in delaying improvements in science..!!
The language is simple..details are good,timeline is auth
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Abhishek Mishra
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Normally, I don't write reviews but felt compelled to now as I absolutely loved this book. I am surprised to read its contents, which are almost news for me. It's erudite, witty, imaginative and packed with great ideas. I'm a person who has often been drawn to aspects of religion, but couldn't really articulate why. In clear, illuminating prose, this wonderful book has explained why ancient people crafted religions. It also gave me loads of food for thought. Apart from exposing the illusion of g ...more
Calvin Din
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
We are Hindus. And as per the book, we are believing in something for over 2000 to 2500 years after Buddha preached us. So, are you saying we all, this all whole human race from the last 2000-2500 years have been plain thinking wrong? So, we just don't get it, yea, is that what you are saying? If that's the case, than what we are thinking could just might be true. Just an opinion. You could continue preach history post reading what other men have written. There is something called Human Consciou ...more
Kate
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
'The Evolution of Gods' gives a wonderful insight into the creation and subsistence of Gods, with detailed accounts of the origins of several of the main modern-day religions such as Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity, starting from the birth of civilisation to a summary of why Gods are still around despite the fact that society has found solutions to many of the problems which led to their creation. Fantastic, well-written and hugely i
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Ashutosh
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gives a good perspective on the evolution of Gods. Right questions have been asked and food for thought has been given throughout the book. Generally, atheists (assuming the author) seem to hate the concept of the God and its followers and do not hesitate in calling believers as fools. The author has created curiosity without ridiculing the believers.

One star less for intentionally avoiding any comment or question on Islam when he has commented on every major religion.
Tasha Mellins-Cohen
May 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
This book unfortunately did not live up to its potential. The author has made a series of statements which, though sensible on the surface, are unsupported by evidence, and used combinations of those statements to make assertions which are in many cases quite a leap of logic. Some chapters were more interesting - for example those on the adaptation of various religions to changing times - but overall this is not a book I'd recommend.

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“All the three monotheist religions (Jewish, Christianity and Islam)claim that their God (Yahweh, God and Allah) created humans in a similar way: this indicates that creationist have not yet established the creator.” 1 likes
“However, regarding sacrifices, one irony persists almost universally: the act of sacrifice was just opposite to its motive. People killed someone to appease so-called kind and merciful gods. How could a major intelligentsia of the earth conceive that the killing of an innocent being could appease a god, who was supposed to be kind?” 0 likes
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