Accessibility Page Navigation
Style sheets must be enabled to view this page as it was intended.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention

- Matthew Kneale discusses his book with Raj Persaud

download podcast




What first prompted prehistoric man, sheltering in the shadows of deep caves, to call upon the realm of the spirits? 

And why has belief thrived ever since, leading us to invent heaven and hell, sin and redemption, and above all, gods?

Religion reflects our deepest hopes and fears; whether you are a believer or, like Matthew Kneale, a non-believer who admires mankind's capacity to create and to imagine, it has shaped our world. And as our dreams and nightmares have changed over the millennia, so have our beliefs - from shamans to Aztec priests, from Buddhists to Christians: the gods we created have evolved with us. 

Belief is humanity's most epic invention. It has always been our closest companion and greatest consolation. To understand it is to better understand ourselves.​

 

Login - Members Area

If you don't have an account please Click here to Register

Make a Donation

Each month our podcast team broadcasts the very latest breakthroughs and discoveries in neurosciences, psychiatry and psychology.


 

Podcast editors:


Dr Raj Persaud

 

 

 


 

  


                     Dr Raj Persaud



Dr Peter Bruggen


Dr Peter Bruggen


 

Podcasts - search by title