• An Atheist's History of Belief

  • Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention
  • By: Matthew Kneale
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-10-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 3.0 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What first prompted prehistoric man, sheltering in the shadows of deep caves, to call upon the realm of the spirits?And why has belief thrived ever since, leading us to invent heaven and hell, sin and redemption, and above all, gods?Religion reflects our deepest hopes and fears; whether you are a believer or, like Matthew Kneale, a non-believer who admires mankind's capacity to create and to imagine, it has shaped our world. And as our dreams and nightmares have changed over the millennia, so have our beliefs - from shamans to Aztec priests, from Buddhists to Christians: the gods we created have evolved with us. Belief is humanity's most epic invention. It has always been our closest companion and greatest consolation. To understand it is to better understand ourselves.
©2013 Matthew Kneale (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
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By Ms Florrie on 11-16-13

Essential reading

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This is an excellent, well-researched book on the history of belief and the evolution and popularity of religion. I enjoyed every last word of it and can't wait to read other titles by the same author.

If you're an atheist, you'll probably enjoy it; if you're religious, well, read it anyway. It's very interesting.

The narrator was very easy to listen to, too.

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By Stephen on 10-13-13

What a tangled web

Who would have thought that through various cock ups, propaganda and necessity you would arrive at religions that still dominate our world to this day? Hear this book tells the story of how the word of god came about through man. Very well narrated and well put together although with so many different historical figures coming at you so fast you do need to pay attention.

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By Shamarie on 08-04-14

A must read for the atheist and religious

What did you like most about An Atheist's History of Belief?

This would have to be be of the most fascinating book I have read....ur listened to for ages. The author presented new and fascinating information. Has confirmed what I have been saying for quite some time, humanity keeps repeating it's patterns in all areas and perhaps it is time for something completely different

What did you like best about this story?

New thought provoking information

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