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Robert N Bellah

Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age

~Co-presented with Point Reyes Books~

Join Michael Lerner for a conversation with Robert Bellah—a great sociologist of religion—about religion in human evolution.

Religion in Evolution


Robert N. Bella

Robert is a renowned author, international speaker, and Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. His last book, Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age, is a work of extraordinary ambition—a wide-ranging, nuanced probing of our biological past to discover the kinds of lives that human beings have most often imagined were worth living. In it Bellah offers what is frequently seen as a forbidden theory of the origin of religion that goes deep into evolution, especially but not exclusively, cultural evolution. Robert’s website has more information.

Robert Bellah died in July 2013.