Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Breaking Dennett's Spell?

Leon Wieseltier has given a sharp review of Daniel Dennett's latest book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon over here at the New York Times book review. I really want to get my hands on this book. If Wieseltier is right, it looks like Dennett has taken the easy road once again: Evaluate religion not by examining its truth claims, but (taking a page from Freud) by pointing out religion's allegedly disreputable origin--which of course for Dennett is purely naturalistic.


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