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The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
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Sep 24, 2010

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The first three quarters of this book, dealing with the evolution of God through the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths are both informative and enjoyable to read. Essentially, Wright makes the case that God evolved based on the changing social and political situations of the member faiths. He covers the growth of Israel from Canaanite origins (as opposed to conquering Canaan), the historical Jesus versus the scriptural Jesus, Mohammad's changing views of faith as his political situation changed and the role of polytheism and monolatry in all three. He describes a "moral evolution" as occurring side by side with the evolution of God and the role of non-zero sum games between civilizations and the effects on the evolution of God.

The last quarter of the book was a meandering waste of time trying to make arguments either for (the author's opinion) or against the existence of an actual God. This includes several inane comparisons to quantum physics and the properties on electrons.

The one other omission from the book is the evolving role of women in these faith. If Wright's argument is that each has evolved in a moral sense over time then you can not ignore the treatment and role of half it's adherents.

Regardless, it was still informative and worthwhile.
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