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The Resource Alpha God : the psychology of religious violence and oppression, Hector A. Garcia

Alpha God : the psychology of religious violence and oppression, Hector A. Garcia

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Alpha God : the psychology of religious violence and oppression
Title
Alpha God
Title remainder
the psychology of religious violence and oppression
Statement of responsibility
Hector A. Garcia
Title variation
Psychology of religious violence and oppression
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book uses evolutionary psychology as a lens to explain religious violence and oppression. The author, a clinical psychologist, examines religious scriptures, rituals, and canon law, highlighting the many ways in which our evolutionary legacy has shaped the development of religion and continues to profoundly influence its expression. The book focuses on the image of God as the dominant male in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This traditional God concept is seen as a reflection of the "dominant ape" paradigm so evident in the hierarchical social structures of primates, with whom we have a strong genetic connection. The author describes the main features of male-dominated primate social hierarchies -- specifically, the role of the alpha male as the protector of the group; his sexual dominance and use of violence and oppression to attain food, females, and territory; in-group altruism vs. out-group hostility (us vs. them); and displays of dominance and submission to establish roles within the social hierarchy. The parallels between these features of primate society and human religious rituals and concepts make it clear that religion, especially its oppressive and violent tendencies, is rooted in the deep evolutionary past. This incisive analysis goes a long way toward explaining the historic and ongoing violence committed in the name of religion
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DLC
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1970-
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Garcia, Hector A.
Dewey number
202/.113
Index
index present
LC call number
BL473
LC item number
.G355 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • God
  • Violence
  • Psychology, Religious
  • Dominance (Psychology)
  • Sexism in religion
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • God
  • Violence
  • Psychology, Religious
  • Dominance (Psychology)
  • Sexism in religion
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Dominance (Psychology)
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • God
  • Psychology, Religious
  • Sexism in religion
  • Violence
Label
Alpha God : the psychology of religious violence and oppression, Hector A. Garcia
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Enter God the dominant ape -- Evolutionary mechanisms: etiology -- The protector God -- Sexual dominance: from apes to men to gods -- Cooperative killing, in-group identity, and God -- What it means to kneel -- Maladaptive submission to the godhead -- The fearsome reputations of apes, men, and gods -- God's territory -- Righting ourselves
Control code
885224589
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9781633880207
Lccn
2014039221
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)885224589
Label
Alpha God : the psychology of religious violence and oppression, Hector A. Garcia
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Enter God the dominant ape -- Evolutionary mechanisms: etiology -- The protector God -- Sexual dominance: from apes to men to gods -- Cooperative killing, in-group identity, and God -- What it means to kneel -- Maladaptive submission to the godhead -- The fearsome reputations of apes, men, and gods -- God's territory -- Righting ourselves
Control code
885224589
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
287 pages
Isbn
9781633880207
Lccn
2014039221
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)885224589

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