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The antireligion wars started by Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris will heat up even more with this salvo from celebrated Oxford biologist Dawkins. For a scientist who criticizes religion for its intolerance, Dawkins has written a surprisingly intolerant book, full of scorn for religion and those who believe. But Dawkins, who gave us the selfish gene, anticipates this criticism. He says it's the scientist and humanist in him that makes him hostile to religions—fundamentalist Christianity and Islam come in for the most opprobrium—that close people's minds to scientific truth, oppress women and abuse children psychologically with the notion of eternal damnation. While Dawkins can be witty, even confirmed atheists who agree with his advocacy of science and vigorous rationalism may have trouble stomaching some of the rhetoric: the biblical Yahweh is "psychotic," Aquinas's proofs of God's existence are "fatuous" and religion generally is "nonsense." The most effective chapters are those in which Dawkins calms down, for instance, drawing on evolution to disprove the ideas behind intelligent design. In other chapters, he attempts to construct a scientific scaffolding for atheism, such as using evolution again to rebut the notion that without God there can be no morality. He insists that religion is a divisive and oppressive force, but he is less convincing in arguing that the world would be better and more peaceful without it. (Oct. 18)
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One of Dawkins' strengths, and true to scientific form, is that he very meticulously defines his terms and the scope of his arguments. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Phil
Dawkins poses arguments regarding the question of God’s existence. But really, the argument is about rationalization (science) versus the supernatural (religion). Read morePublished 28 days ago by BookRecycler
I did not read this book for the purpose of having my mind changed. I did not fear its contents. I came with no curiosity about God ( which spellcheck automatically... Read morePublished 1 month ago
I just finished this not all that long ago. This was mostly a good view of what is "wrong with religion". He *mostly* focuses on theism, specifically Christianity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jigme Datse
This book did a lot to clarify my views on this topic. A bit too long for average reader like me. I have read practically all the books written by Mr Dawkins and enjoyed them all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RAJI DHILLON