A couple weeks ago, James McGrath offered copies of Robert Wright’s new book The Evolution of God to the first five readers of his blog who contacted him. I was lucky enough to be one of those five, and there was a copy waiting when I arrived home from my Florida trip.*
I picked it up tonight and started reading the introduction. He writes
On one hand, I think that God arose as an illusion, and that the subsequent history of the idea of God is, in some sense, the evolution of an illusion. On the other hand: (1) the story of this evolution points to the existence of something you can meaningfully call divinity, and (2) the “illusion”, in the course of evolving has gotten streamlined in a way that has moved it closer to plausibility.
I’m impressed – and reassured – to realise that there just may be other people who approach the whole “god” thing in the same way I do. Can’t guarantee it will continue to make sense to me, but that’s a very good start.
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