PHILOSOPHY / SOCIOLOGY"Once again, Joseph Chilton Pearce's genius and deep, essential humanity illuminate the most meaningful and important issue of our day--our relationship with Spirit and the all-too-often-toxic history and motivations of organized religion." --Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight"Joseph Chilton Pearce astounds with his ability to so clearly see and courageously state the most basic reason for chaos in the world--the closing down of inspirational love that can only come through heart-awareness. His piercing depiction of this dire state as due to the destructiveness of culture and religion is followed with an even more penetrating set of solutions, founded on insights into biological development, nurturing, and opening the heart to the future possibilities of love unconfined. The message has not been so clear since William Blake spoke of 'Jesus, the Imagination.'" --Robert Sardello, author of Love and the World and Silence"In this remarkable book Joseph Chilton Pearce goes to the very memetic 'DNA' of our culture and recodes it to affirm life's potential. He masterfully helps us to release the destructive aspects of religion and modern society, while affirming the magnificent reality of the spirit and the heartful intelligence that can guide us forward." --Barbara Marx Hubbard, president of the Foundation for Conscious EvolutionWe are all too aware of the endless variety of cruel and violent behavior reported to us in the media, reminding us daily that in every corner of the world someone is suffering or dying at the hands of another. We have to ask: Is this violence and cruelty endemic to our nature? Are we, at our foundation, really somurderous? In The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of Spirit, Joseph Chilton Pearce, life-long advocate of human potential, sounds an emphatic and convincing no. Pearce explains that, beneath our awareness, our culture imprints a negative force-field that blocks the natural rise of our spirit toward our true, innate nature of love and altruism. Further, he identifies religion as the primary cultural force behind this negative imprinting. Drawing from recent neuroscience, neurocardiology, cultural anthropology, and brain development research, Pearce explains that the key to reversing this trend can be found in the interaction between infants and adults. The adult mind-set effectively compromises the infant's neural and hormonal interactions between the heart and the higher evolutionary structures of the developing brain, thus keeping us centered primarily in our most primitive and defensive neural foundations, generation after generation. Pearce shows us that if we allow the intelligence of the heart to take hold and flourish, we can reverse this unconscious loss of our true nature. JOSEPH CHILTON PEARCE is the author of The Biology of Tran-scend-ence, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, Magical Child, and Evolution's End. Since the early 1970s, he has lectured and led workshops teaching about the changing needs of children and the development of human society. He lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.Pearce, Joseph Chilton is the author of 'Death of Religion and the Rebirth of Spirit A Return to the Intelligence of the Heart', published 2007 under ISBN 9781594771712 and ISBN 1594771715.