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Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World

Eric Dietrich


This book flips convention on its head and argues that science uncovers awe-inspiring, enduring mysteries, while religion, long regarded as the source for such mysteries, is a biological phenomenon. It argues that religion, just like spoken language, is an evolutionary adaptation. Conversely, it makes the case that science is the source of perplexing yet beautiful mysteries, however natural the search for answers may be to human existence. The book attempts to undo our misconception of scientific inquiry as an executioner of beauty, making the case that science has won the battle with religion ... More

Keywords: science, mysteries, religion, spoken language, human existence, human flourishing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171021
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Dietrich, author
Binghamton University