Breaking the Spell

Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

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Author Daniel C. Dennett posits the position that like tides or seasons, religion itself is one such naturally occurring phenomenon.

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Religion has long been a source of comfort for people and an explanation of how the world came into being as well as a description of the workings of natural phenomena. Author Daniel C. Dennett posits the position that like tides or seasons, religion itself is one such naturally occurring phenomenon.

It is difficult to get outside of one's perspective and view the things he believes to be true as symptomatic of biology and psychology, and that is what Dennett tries to do in Breaking the Spell. We use religion in sickness and pain to give us hope, in joy as an outlet of thanksgiving, in anger as a motivation to seek peace, and in ignorance to seek wisdom, but these things can all be sought without adherence to a faith. What role then does religion play if it is not necessary to rationally be a good person?

Dennett discusses how religion commanded allegiance, fostered community, and overrode the need for individuals to discover for themselves how to act in good and helpful ways, instead giving them a societally reinforced ethics. The book explores the formation of religions and where they might go in the future as we become more aware of their benefits yet lack of necessity. Be aware that Breaking the Spell is a book that encourages an open-minded exploration of religion from a position outside of assuming any religious beliefs to be true. However, it is not a calling to end the institutions. This is a great book for both believers and non-believers alike looking to challenge perspectives and delve into deep discussion on a powerful issue.

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