Saturday, July 07, 2007

What is Barbara J. King reading?

The current featured contributor to Writers Read: Barbara J. King, Professor of Anthropology at the College of William and Mary and author of, most recently, Evolving God: A Provocative View on the Origins of Religion.

She writes about an intriguing mix of fiction and non-fiction, including:
John Connolly’s The Unquiet.... As beautifully creepy, well-written thrillers go, this one in Connolly’s Charlie Parker series is way cool.
There is much more where that came from: read on.

"Evolving God," King explains, "explores the deepest roots of the human religious imagination, using the behaviors of African apes (including empathy and compassion) as clues to the behaviors of early human ancestors, then tracing the development of religious ritual through the Neandertals through the cave artists of our own species."

The Page 69 Test: Evolving God.

My Book, The Movie: Evolving God.

Writers Read: Barbara J. King.

--Marshal Zeringue