• 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 Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-10-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (32 ratings)

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms Florrie on 16-11-13

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 13-10-13

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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