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Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression

Narrated by: Seth Andrews
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
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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.

©2015 Hector A Garcia (P)2018 Hector A Garcia

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  • peter
  • 17-11-18

Thoughtful

A thoughtful look into alpha-male behavior in the animal kingdom-- humans included-- and how this hierarchical approach to tribal management is reflected in the establishment of religions. Worth reading, or listening to. Beautifully read by Seth Andrews.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-19

The only reason we keep kicking this dead horse.

because our country allows billionaires to influence legislation and have the kids their tax liability for tax responsibilities. these representatives that we shuffle every 2 to 6 years are empower advising billionaires with their campaign contributions to bring up devices and wedge issues to buy for Kate the electric and to keep the common man in its place free from any Liberty or freedom

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