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The Puzzle of Religion

Robert Gallon

Online via Zoom
The question is not whether you believe in God - there are an uncountable number of gods in the human world. It is whether you believe in religion and the role it plays in our lives.

Among the questions we will discuss are: What is the evolutionary significance of religious belief? How does belief help people live their lives? How can we distinguish religious belief from madness? Is politics religion in another form? If evangelicals need to stop their car, do they need to apply the brakes or just pray?

We will discuss these issues in the context of Stanford Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann's recent book called "How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others."
About the instructor

Bob Gallon is a clinical and forensic psychologist, a musician, and a recently retired tuba player with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. He taught psychology at Vassar College and at Thomas Jefferson Medical School. He also taught at College of the Atlantic, and has taught many Acadia Senior College classes, including physics.

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