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Sacrifice - ranging from the sacrifice of virgins to circumcision to giving up what is most valued - is essential to all religions. Could there be a natural, even biological, reason? Why are sacrifice and numerous other religious rituals and concepts shared by so many different cultures? In this book, the author explores the possibility of natural religion. It provides insight to religious thought, past and present, and raises questions about the ultimate reasons for, and the ultimate meaning of human religiousness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674175709
ISBN-10: 0674175700
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Walter Burkert

Walter Burkert is Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.

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