• "An excellent book in the spirit of the French Enlightenment, broadly learned and with modern behavioural science added. It deserves to be widely read"

    E.O. Wilson
  • "This is a bold far-reaching book. His explanation of religion is lucid, entertaining, full of valuable insight"

    Time Higher
  • "The wisdom in its pages will be a revelation to any seeker after truth. While it lets daylight in upon magic, this book is never scornful and never dismissive, and Pascal Boyer's voice is as unpretentious as its title. If faith is the last refuge of the would-be believer, Religion Explained takes it away but puts something better in its place, enlightenment and understanding."

    Ruth Rendell
  • "A fascinating analysis of urge to believe"

    Scotland on Sunday