The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why it Endures is a relatively new book by Nicholas Wade, a science editor at the NY Times. In The Faith Instinct, Wade posits how the development of religion might be explained from an evolutionary / natural-selection perspective. He also presents alternative – and more secular – explanations about how the major western religions might have been founded. He concludes by examining the roles of religion in trust, trade, warfare, and nations. Oakland resident Craig Spitzer has made several presentations on this book, and is a PhD psychologist who has worked for the past 30 years in marketing research.