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The Evolution of God: Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods

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Did God create us--or did we create our concepts of God? Why do we believe what we believe? Is God a divine revelation--or an invention of the human mind? Join us to investigate this fascinating, profound human question. In Part One, author E. Fuller Torrey draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to propose a startling answer: the origin of God/or gods, and the timing of their appearance, is an inevitable outcome of brain evolution. In Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods (Columbia University Press, 2017), he traces the clear interconnection between archeological findings and human cognitive evolution. In Part Two, our guide is Robert Wright. According to the New York Times: “In his brilliant new book, The Evolution of God, Back Bay Books, 2009, Wright traces how God grew up. He starts with the deities of hunter-gatherer tribes, moves to chiefdoms and nations; then on to early Israelites’ polytheism-then-monotheism; and then to the New Testament and Koran, before finishing off with the multinational Gods of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His story is well-researched and provocative.” Enjoy videos, articles, speakers and exciting discussions!

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Dorothy Balabanos2.Steve VanderVoort3.Carol Dietz 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
3/6/2019 - 6/5/2019 Weekly - Wed 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Carol Dietz  ; Steve VanderVoort  ; Dorothy Balabanos  ClassRoom