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Sweet Jesus! Talk about a book that’s bigger than its author, bigger than its contents, and bigger than you. As if to willingly construct a wall that can’t be climbed, Daniel C. Dennett, philosopher and director of Tufts University’s Center for Cognitive Studies, at least lends his expertise to picking apart a daunting subject. In Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, he argues for scientific inclusion (and scientific examination) of religious belief systems. The result is pleasure reading that may also fill in a gap or two in your knowledge. And though science vs. religion may be a tired, terminal battle, Dennett at least knows this. His fair-and-balanced book speaks to believers in an amicable fashion and resists the temptation to pander to a preset customer base of secularists. Really, that would be preaching to the choir. Dennett appears at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Andrew Earles)