"The explanation for religious beliefs and behaviors is to be found in the way all human minds work. (...) what matters here are properties of minds that are found in all members of our species with normal brains." (p.2
"The mind it takes to have religion is the standard architecture that we all have by virtue of being members of the species [Homo sapiens]. (We need no special mentality or mind) (p.135)
Having a normal brain does not imply that you have religion. All it implies is that you can acquire it, which is very different. (...) evolution by natural selection gave us a particular kind of mind so that only particular kinds of religious notions can be acquired." (p.4)
Salvation is not always a central preoccupation [in religions]
You can have religion without having "a" religion
You can have religion without having "religion"
You can have religion without "faith"
The mistake of intellectualism was to assume that a human mind is driven by a general urge to explain." (p.16)
The urge to explain the universe is not the origin of religion
We must discard the parochial notion that religion everywhere promises salvation, for that is clearly not the case. (p.21)
Religious concepts do not always provide reassurance or comfort. Deliverance from mortality is not quite the universal longing we often assume." (p.22)