The Evolution of Religion

Neal Conan, host of NPR’s Talk of The Nation, hosts “The Evolution of Religion,” a discussion on where our religious beliefs come from and if religious beliefs have served an evolutionary purpose.

The guests are the authors of two innovative books on the subject. “In The Faith Instinct”‘s Nicholas Wade of the New York Times examines the scientific evidence for religion’s role in evolution. The book has been described as a turning point in the religion evolution debate.

Lionel Tiger is the Charles Darwin Anthropologist at Rutgers University, and co-author, with Michael McGuire, of “God’s Brain,” which has been called the best book on the nature of religion to appear in some time.

The program was supported by a grant from The Templeton Foundation.

Taped on Oct. 5, 2011 at WOSU@COSI.