by John C. Avise
In many cultures, people believe they were created in the image of a god. Avise contends that people are, in fact, expressions of their genes, or "genetic gods." Our genes, he says, are responsible not only for how we got here and exist day to day, but also for the core of our being-our personalities and morals. It is our genetic makeup that allows for and formulates our religious beliefs, he argues. Avise doesn't eschew spirituality but seeks a more informed confrontation between science and the pulpit. Originally published in hardcover in 1998.
HUP, 2001, 279 p., b&w; illus., paperback
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