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The Evolution of Gods: The Scientific Origin of Divinity And Religions (English)

Author: Ajay Kansal
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Language: English
Length: 232 Pages
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
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Is there really a God out there, or is it something that human created so we could have something or someone to fear in cases where we go wrong? This book asserts the it is the highly imaginative human mind that invented God using scientific research.

Summary of the Book

For most people it is blind faith in a God that they believe existed, and for some there is doubt as to how this whole concept came about. This book takes you back to the era that was about 400,000 to 200,000 years ago when man and woman just came to existence. About 100,000 years ago, humans discovered language as a form of communication. This helped them analyse and think about the world around them. It makes sense that the things that they feared the most were what they would eventually worship. For example: they feared the cold, so they turned to the sun for help and in turn started to worship it. They felt threatened by thunder and lightening, so they worship the sky. Several years ago diseases came into being which brought about another God that served that purpose.
This book sets apart religion and science. It tells us that there is a scientific reason for the creation of every God that is worshipped, and that it is the work of the humans themselves.

About the Author

Ajay Kansal is a professor and consultant in Clinical Pathology. He studied anthropology and history of religions to understand the human tendency of following religions as he thought that Gods and religion were not doing their part in helping humanity. He then decided to share his knowledge with the world.

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Author Ajay Kansal
Book Details
Publisher Harpercollins Publishers
Imprint HarperVantage
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789350294383
ISBN-10 9350294383
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 232 Pages
Dimensions
Weight 178.0 g
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01 Feb 2013
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The knowledge that changed my convictions.

I rarely write a review, even then I am writing, since I absolutely loved this book. I am surprised to read the contents, which are altogether new. This book has compiled several religious practices prevalent during the prehistoric and historic time. After reading those, a clear cut picture appears how and why humans would have created or imagined their gods. Humans imagined and worshipped the divine powers or gods in order to explain their mysteries and miseries. The author has established that religions caused and nourished the most common human miseries like women exploitation, poverty,... ()

I rarely write a review, even then I am writing, since I absolutely loved this book. I am surprised to read the contents, which are altogether new. This book has compiled several religious practices prevalent during the prehistoric and historic time. After reading those, a clear cut picture appears how and why humans would have created or imagined their gods. Humans imagined and worshipped the divine powers or gods in order to explain their mysteries and miseries. The author has established that religions caused and nourished the most common human miseries like women exploitation, poverty,...
I rarely write a review, even then I am writing, since I absolutely loved this book. I am surprised to read the contents, which are altogether new. This book has compiled several religious practices prevalent during the prehistoric and historic time. After reading those, a clear cut picture appears how and why humans would have created or imagined their gods. Humans imagined and worshipped the divine powers or gods in order to explain their mysteries and miseries. The author has established that religions caused and nourished the most common human miseries like women exploitation, poverty, slavery, Tantar-Mantra and several diseases.
I have been a devotee, but certainly have problems with several aspects of religions. This wonderful book has explained almost all my previous questions and specially the impact of the concept of gods on humans today. This book has shattered my faith. It is a painful experience to know that all religious dogmas and gods are an illusion. Now, I do not have an imaginary savior to protect me. Yes, if my savior was my imagination or illusion then this book have done a great job to open my eyes. In the long run this may help me, since I would now believe myself only.

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14 Aug 2012
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just facts no fiction

Ajay kansal starts off with a very arresting question - why are there many religions but only one science on earth but instead of an atheist's rant what we encounter is 200 odd pages of antropology, history and scientific facts that will only do to get our faith (or the lack of it) right. A decent read on the religious evolution of mankind from new problems to new gods to new religions.

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11 Jan 2013
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A Great Eye-opener Book: Every Young Must Read it.

I liked this book very much. Since my childhood, I was much skeptical and confused about gods and their roles in our life. Whether some divine power created and nourished humans or this dogma was a human projection. I always asked if one God made us then why He created poor & rich, beautiful & ugly and so on. This book taught me that all gods are imaginary and made by us for our convenience.
The author has provided several interesting evidence to support his main argument that humans created gods. He has discussed prehistoric religion to depict how humanity would have invented gods...
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I liked this book very much. Since my childhood, I was much skeptical and confused about gods and their roles in our life. Whether some divine power created and nourished humans or this dogma was a human projection. I always asked if one God made us then why He created poor & rich, beautiful & ugly and so on. This book taught me that all gods are imaginary and made by us for our convenience.
The author has provided several interesting evidence to support his main argument that humans created gods. He has discussed prehistoric religion to depict how humanity would have invented gods...
I liked this book very much. Since my childhood, I was much skeptical and confused about gods and their roles in our life. Whether some divine power created and nourished humans or this dogma was a human projection. I always asked if one God made us then why He created poor & rich, beautiful & ugly and so on. This book taught me that all gods are imaginary and made by us for our convenience.
The author has provided several interesting evidence to support his main argument that humans created gods. He has discussed prehistoric religion to depict how humanity would have invented gods. He has mentioned a brief history of religions to explain how we built religions. This book has one amazing chapter to discuss the problems created by religions for modern humans. The book has a lot of great and altogether new ideas.

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03 May 2013
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Nothing refreshing

Most of the contents are like copy and paste. There is nothing new or refreshing in this book that I don't already know or read somewhere else.
He has chapters on Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity in the main. The author seems reluctant or in fear for his life to add a chapter on Islam.
To disprove the existence of God in Hinduism (which he allows for with as the largest chapter) is easy, even an atheist child can do that. The attack on monotheism requires more substance which this book lacks

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02 Jul 2014
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A disappointing Hypothesis of the pathology of time and belief

When I got this book i was so underwhelmed it took me a weak week to read the whole thing and felt that its some creative writing that seems to reek of disappointment. Too much importance has been piled on about how illiterate our ancestors were with their superstitions, Vishnu and Shiva have been sidelined for Indra. The stories of the Vedas and Upanishads which contain a hidden knowledge meant for those whose eyes have been opened by a master has been dispatched to the realm of bedtime tales told by our ancestors to huddled children. No where have their been revelations of how advanced ou... ()

When I got this book i was so underwhelmed it took me a weak week to read the whole thing and felt that its some creative writing that seems to reek of disappointment. Too much importance has been piled on about how illiterate our ancestors were with their superstitions, Vishnu and Shiva have been sidelined for Indra. The stories of the Vedas and Upanishads which contain a hidden knowledge meant for those whose eyes have been opened by a master has been dispatched to the realm of bedtime tales told by our ancestors to huddled children. No where have their been revelations of how advanced ou...
When I got this book i was so underwhelmed it took me a weak week to read the whole thing and felt that its some creative writing that seems to reek of disappointment. Too much importance has been piled on about how illiterate our ancestors were with their superstitions, Vishnu and Shiva have been sidelined for Indra. The stories of the Vedas and Upanishads which contain a hidden knowledge meant for those whose eyes have been opened by a master has been dispatched to the realm of bedtime tales told by our ancestors to huddled children. No where have their been revelations of how advanced our ancestors knew Precession and Astromomy, the use of sound waves and the unexplainable mysteries of the past of the advancements in understanding the Multiverse understood by ancients. This makes our ancestors look like a bunch of hairy retards, makes you really wonder how we could have achieved anything in this day an age. If you want to explain away the system of Belief, put up more than Darwinian speculation with a hint of malice in the belief system of consciousness. The title should read as A Hypothesis of the Origin of Divinity and Religions according to the Author, as the scientific origins would be highly debatable.

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Awesome Book - the research done by author is simply amazing. This book might help people who are really blind due to Superstition . (View complete review)

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enlightening.. worth reading product.proofs for various instances were highlighted in a worthy manner. .. book contained global references....thanks ajay kansal sir.. :) (View complete review)

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Fine

Dr Kansal deal such important topic in this book, his narration of historical event one by one is good, Sin Theory is really awesome his explanation too...but writer trying to prove god has created by humen itself through scientific evidences and history, both these factor can be change by furthe... (View complete review)

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Pure Facts? I doubt it.

First of all it's an okay book. Now I am no religious type at all, but as a keen seeker of knowledge from both side, I constantly read the books of both side. Now, here author AJAY KANSAL tried to prove that "God doesn't exists."

First of all what he did is asked a simple question, &q...
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