Darwin's Cathedral

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Darwin's Cathedral (ISBN 9780226901350) is a 2002 book by David Sloan Wilson which proposes that religion is a multi-level adaptation, a product of cultural evolution developed through a process of multi-level selection.[1][2] It has been cited by approximately 969 times according to google scholar (as of 1 January 2014).


The Journal of the American Academy of Religion called it "a welcome book because it unsettles everybody, evolutionary biologist and religious believer alike".[3] Jared Diamond in the NY Review of Books called it a "thought-provoking book" which "will stimulate each reader to examine his or her personal view of religion's future".[4]


  1. ^ Andrew Brown, "'I wanted to show how niceness evolves'" Guardian (London), July 24, 2003, http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2003/jul/24/scienceinterviews.research
  2. ^ Natalie Angier, "A Conversation with David Sloan Wilson; The Origin of Religions, From a Distinctly Darwinian View", New York Times, December 24, 2002, http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/24/science/conversation-with-david-sloan-wilson-origin-religions-distinctly-darwinian-view.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
  3. ^ "Review: Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society", J Am Acad Relig (2004) 72 (3): 800-802. doi: 10.1093/jaarel/lfh079 http://jaar.oxfordjournals.org/content/72/3/800.extract
  4. ^ Jared Diamond, "The Religious Success Story", The New York Review of Books, November 7, 2002