Books – Reading and juxtapositioning literary themes

Quite often I find myself reading two books that have common but antagonistic literary themes concurrently. It makes for great reading to follow the literary thread that weaves through the books as you progress. Here are two books I am currenly reading:

Todd Tremlin’s Minds and Gods: The Cognitive Foundations of Religion, which explains the origins and persistence of religious ideas by looking through the lens of science at the common structures and functions of human thought. At the same time, this book by Elaine Pagel, The Origin of Satan, which talks about “the evolution of one piece of the Christian paradigm, namely the cosmic battle between good and evil, and the vilification of the Jews in the gospels”, gives the first book an interesting backdrop.

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