Creation of the Sacred : Tracks of Biology in Early Religions (Paperback)

Author: Burkert, Walter

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Sacrifice- ranging from the sacrifice of virgins to circumcision to giving up what is most valued- is essential to all religions. Could there be a natural, even biological, reason for these practices? Something that might explain why religions of so many different cultures share so many rituals and concepts? In this extraordinary book, one of the world's leading authorities on ancient religions explores the possibility of natural religion- a religious sense and practice naturally proceeding from biological imperatives.

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Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780674175709
SKU 30315089
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0674175700
Release Date 3/1/1998
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"Meaninglessness is in the long run intolerable: if that is how the world is, people are impelled to pretend otherwise. That is Burkert's central theme, and his treatment of it is immensely impressive. As a study of the various ways in which human beings have, by their religious beliefs, attitudes, and behavior, endowed the world with meaning and imposed order on chaos, 'Creation of the Sacred' is a triumph."
"...[A] fascinating exploration, based on a lifetime's learning, which might have been dynamite but for the late failure of nerve that lead [Burkert] to opt for a muzzily academic rather than pyrotechnically speculative conclusion."
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Annotation Sacrifice--whether it be the sacrifice of virgins, circumcision, or the renunciation of what is most valued--is essential to all religions. This book explores the possibility of natural religion and raises serious questions about the ultimate reasons for, and the meaning of, human religiousness.
Editors Note Draws on a wide range of disciplines and examples from many religious traditions to demonstrate how religion is a natural function of Homo sapiens, creating an evolutionary model in which religion derives from biological patterning and behavioral exigencies, reinforced by language.
Editors Note 2 Sacrifice- ranging from the sacrifice of virgins to circumcision to giving up what is most valued- is essential to all religions. Could there be a natural, even biological, reason for these practices? Something that might explain why religions of so many different cultures share so many rituals and concepts? In this extraordinary book, one of the world's leading authorities on ancient religions explores the possibility of natural religion- a religious sense and practice naturally proceeding from biological imperatives.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Harvard University Press

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