Believers: Faith in Human Nature

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.8 X 0.9 X 8.6 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Melvin Konner, MD, is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University. He is the author of Believers, Women After All, Becoming a Doctor, and The Tangled Wing, among other books.


An atheistic scientist has written a book that comprehends the color, variety, depth, and value of faith. An exhilarating and inspiring work.--Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, author of David: The Divided Heart
A humane, appropriately qualified argument that provides aid and comfort for believers--and that should also interest fair-minded nonbelievers.
Readers who enjoy the work of Mircea Eliade or Karen Armstrong will find food for thought here.
[Believers is] a wonderful book. It is a thoughtful, insightful, and engaging narrative that matters, a lot, right now....A lovely and meaningful book.--Agustín Fuentes, chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
Rather than dismiss or ridicule religious faith, Dr. Konner, an anthropologist and medical doctor, wants to understand it as a fact of human existence....For Dr. Konner...religious affections are a natural, innate human impulse, not a consequence of undesirable and eradicable social pathologies.--Barton Swaim