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The New Atheists are opening the doors to freedom

The new atheists are doing something that many are not: saying the important things that need to be said without fear of who thinks ill of them at night. The God Delusion is a powerful testament to rationality, evolution, and secular ways of living that have not only de...
The new atheists are doing something that many are not: saying the important things that need to be said without fear of who thinks ill of them at night. The God Delusion is a powerful testament to rationality, evolution, and secular ways of living that have not only defined society, but define what reality should look like.

posted by Terrence on November 29, 2008

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60 out of 176 people found this review helpful.

some good argument, and some bad attitude

I have to preface by saying that I am a Christian, and I do hope I am not discounted in my somewhat scathing review of this book due to an attributed bias. That being said, I found this book to be rather interesting at times in that it provoked me to think about what I...
I have to preface by saying that I am a Christian, and I do hope I am not discounted in my somewhat scathing review of this book due to an attributed bias. That being said, I found this book to be rather interesting at times in that it provoked me to think about what I believe in. The author is rather pointed and clear in what he intends to say and he has chosen lines of reasoning that are sensible from one point of view, see doctrine of double arguments. However, the author is also rude and sarcastic. His belittling of religion comes across not merely as the balanced conclusion of a competent thinker but rather as the angered lashing out of a decidely angry man. I can say that however convincing his arguments may be he has missed a significant part of human experience as evidenced through the insulting statements scattered throughout the book. I may be convinced by his argument at points but I don't think I would want to know a man of such an attitude. As such I can make a qualified recommendation of this book as somewhat intellectually stimulating but that is ultimately lost in the scattered spats of animosity most often found in biting sarcasm. For example, a reader could reference page 104 where the author parodies a theological argument in a gratuitous fashion. The sole purpose of the parody is insult. This is unfitting someone who pretends to be a mature adult and reveals the author as more of a child in his ways of expressing himself. I actually feel bad for the guy. His hatred is similar to the religious fanatics he denounces as fools. Two peas in a pod.

posted by Anonymous on February 10, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    some good argument, and some bad attitude

    I have to preface by saying that I am a Christian, and I do hope I am not discounted in my somewhat scathing review of this book due to an attributed bias. That being said, I found this book to be rather interesting at times in that it provoked me to think about what I believe in. The author is rather pointed and clear in what he intends to say and he has chosen lines of reasoning that are sensible from one point of view, see doctrine of double arguments. However, the author is also rude and sarcastic. His belittling of religion comes across not merely as the balanced conclusion of a competent thinker but rather as the angered lashing out of a decidely angry man. I can say that however convincing his arguments may be he has missed a significant part of human experience as evidenced through the insulting statements scattered throughout the book. I may be convinced by his argument at points but I don't think I would want to know a man of such an attitude. As such I can make a qualified recommendation of this book as somewhat intellectually stimulating but that is ultimately lost in the scattered spats of animosity most often found in biting sarcasm. For example, a reader could reference page 104 where the author parodies a theological argument in a gratuitous fashion. The sole purpose of the parody is insult. This is unfitting someone who pretends to be a mature adult and reveals the author as more of a child in his ways of expressing himself. I actually feel bad for the guy. His hatred is similar to the religious fanatics he denounces as fools. Two peas in a pod.

    60 out of 176 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

    Smug and Narrowminded Agrument

    I read this Dawkins' book a while ago, then reread it in college for a philosophy class. Upon the second read, in which i was better equipped with some background and jargon related to the subject of God and religion, I found Dawkins' approach and arguement to be smug and narrowminded. His general tone was highly condescending. I am a Catholic with more atheistic beliefs, and even i felt bad for the religious fundamentalists he targets.

    Why is a biologist so sure that BIOLOGICAL laws apply to GOD. Isn't God, by Definition, outside of the natural laws that apparently govern our universe? Cause and effect and Darwin's evolution do not apply to "supernatural" entities, such as God.

    PLEASE Dawkins...stop making these philosophical forays and stick with true biology. Your "whitty" argumements come off as the pontificating professor who has no real background in the field and is covering a class for a colleague with an ax to grind.

    The topic is one of the most intriguing for authors, and i think this book did the discussion of whether or not God exists a disservice.

    5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Disappointing and predictable

    I always ask atheists to describe the god they don't believe in. Inevitably i don't believe in that god either. It is easy to debunk right wing christianities. Dawkins does this well. But he gives only a passing reference to nameless liberal theologians. His book would be more credible if he engaged this century's liberal theologians such as Walter Brueggemann or Marcus Borg. By the way, Dawkins' final chapter was the most beautiful description of God that i have read from an atheist or scientist. The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Fleckenstein

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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