Dawkin's God / Edition 1by Alister E. McGrath
Pub. Date: 10/15/2004
This is the first book-length response to Richard Dawkins, author of some of the most popular scientific works, such as The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker. Dawkins has become perhaps the world’s best-known atheist, noted for his hostile and controversial views on religion. This wonderfully argued book explains and examines Dawkins’/i>/i>… See more details below
This is the first book-length response to Richard Dawkins, author of some of the most popular scientific works, such as The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker. Dawkins has become perhaps the world’s best-known atheist, noted for his hostile and controversial views on religion. This wonderfully argued book explains and examines Dawkins’ scientific ideas and their religious implications. Head-to-head, it takes on some of Dawkins’ central assumptions, like the conflict between science and religion, the “selfish gene” theory of evolution, the role of science in explaining the world, and brilliantly exposes their unsustainability. Moreover, this controversial debate is carried on in a style which can be enjoyed by anyone without a scientific or religious background.
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Table of Contents
Encountering Dawkins: A Personal Account.
1. The Selfish Gene: A Darwinian View of the World.
The new approach: Charles Darwin.
The mechanics of inheritance: Mendel and genetics.
The discovery of the gene.
The role of DNA in genetics.
Dawkins’ approach: the selfish gene.
River out of Eden: Exploring a Darwinian world.
2. The Blind Watchmaker: Evolution and the Elimination of God?.
Natural science leads to neither atheism nor Christianity.
God as an explanatory hypothesis.
The case of William Paley.
The religious views of Charles Darwin.
The Christian reaction to Darwin.
3. Proof and Faith: The Place of Evidence in Science and Religion.
Faith as blind trust?.
Is atheism itself a faith?.
Christian faith as irrational?.
The problem of radical theory change in science.
The rhetorical amplification of the case for atheism.
4. Cultural Darwinism? The Curious “Science” of Memetics.
The origins of the meme.
Is cultural development Darwinian?.
Do memes actually exist?.
The flawed analogy between meme and gene.
The redundancy of the meme.
God as a virus?.
5. Science and Religion: Dialogue or Intellectual Appeasement?.
The “warfare” of science and religion.
The poky little medieval universe of religion.
The concept of awe.
The mind of God.
Mystery, insanity and nonsense.
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I have read a few of Dawkins' books and found McGrath's book adequately disects much of Dawkins' arguments/references against religion. I espicially like the brief discussion on memes his argument seems to convince me that memes are not traditional science as they doe not hold to the scientific method. Ultimately, read this book on your own and decide for yourself- you can read reviews and have a biased perspective, or you can decide for yourself. I enjoyed it and will read many more books.