Book on benefits of religion?

I recently got a question, asking me what book I would recommend to read up on arguments for the social and personal benefits of religion.

I had to admit, I don’t know of any single book that fits the description, but it would be mildly surprising if some such book didn’t exist. There is a sizable social science literature on the benefits of religion, but my acquaintance with it is limited: brief discussions in other books, the occasional article, and so forth. It would be nice to have some resource that summarized the current state of debate and research for those of us who are not social scientists.

If anyone who reads this knows of a book that does this, even approximately, please write a comment or email me.

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  • Dan Gilbert

    I’m about to start reading “Is God a Delusion: A Reply to Religion’s Cultured Despisers” by Eric Reitan. Obviously, I haven’t read the BOOK yet, but I’ve read some of Reitan’s articles and have found myself agreeing with much of what he says, even though I don’t agree with his foundational religious beliefs. Being so impressed with his articles is what prompted me to buy the book.

    I’ll keep you posted. :-)

  • Dianelos Georgoudis

    “Who Really Cares” by Arthur C. Brooks mentions several studies.

    It would be nice to have a scientifically rigorous book about the benefits of religion, not just from the sociological but also from the psychological point of view.

  • Christian Scholar

    As far as Books on benefits of Religion, there is one book by Dinesh D’souza called “What so Great about Christianity”