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Friday 02 February 2007

The Dawkins Delusion?

I guess this was coming: the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge have just published The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist fundamentalism and the denial of the divine by the Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, Alister McGrath (with Joanna Collicutt McGrath). My copy, I'm told, is on the way. I'll let you know if it is any use once it arrives.

In their press release, the publisher quotes Michael Ruse, Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University, as saying: "The God Delusion makes me embarrassed to be an atheist, and the McGraths show why."

World-renowned scientist Richard Dawkins writes in The God Delusion: 'If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.' The volume has received wide coverage, fuelled much passionate debate and caused not a little confusion. Alister McGrath is ideally placed to evaluate Dawkins' ideas. Once an atheist himself, he gained a doctorate in molecular biophysics before going on to become a leading Christian theologian. He wonders how two people, who have reflected at length on substantially the same world, could possibly have come to such different conclusions about God. McGrath subjects Dawkins' critique of faith to rigorous scrutiny. His exhilarating, meticulously argued response deals with questions such as: Is faith intellectual nonsense? Are science and religion locked in a battle to the death? Can the roots of Christianity be explained away scientifically? Is Christianity simply a force for evil?

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Reader Comments

Saturday 03 February 2007

Jamie says...

I live in Jesusland (aka USA) but I'm sad to report that Dawkins' book is fading fast. Of course, as I write this note, I see a post in the right nav bar of the site about Abu Ghraib. I believe that most Americans at this point have actually forgotten Abu Ghraib entirely.

Sunday 11 February 2007

stephen miller says...

During this recent controversy I read Pagan Christ by Tom Harpur; very interesting because it shines a light through the dogmachurch as we know it through to the hidden roots in deep pan-human transcendental mysticism. Back before the split between science and religion.

Tuesday 13 February 2007

Jens says...

Christianity may not be a force of evil, but what has been done in the name of chrsitianity, unfortunately, is. A new book, "Double Cross: The Code of the Catholic Church", by David Ranan makes a case for the dismantling of the Catholic Church, which the author is the only way to stop the Church from further negative influence. It's well-written, very interesting and highly recommended.

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