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Divinity of Doubt: The God Question

Divinity of Doubt: The God Question

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by Vincent Bugliosi

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Vincent Bugliosi, whom many view as the nation’s foremost prosecutor, has successfully taken on, in court or on the pages of his books, the most notorious murderers of the last half century—Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson, and Lee Harvey Oswald. Now, in the most controversial book of his celebrated career, he turns his incomparable prosecutorial eye on


Vincent Bugliosi, whom many view as the nation’s foremost prosecutor, has successfully taken on, in court or on the pages of his books, the most notorious murderers of the last half century—Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson, and Lee Harvey Oswald. Now, in the most controversial book of his celebrated career, he turns his incomparable prosecutorial eye on the greatest target of all: God. In making his case for agnosticism, Bugliosi has very arguably written the most powerful indictment ever of God, organized religion, theism, and atheism. Theists will be left reeling by the commanding nature of Bugliosi’s extraordinary arguments against them. And, with his trademark incisive logic and devastating wit, he exposes the intellectual poverty of atheism and skewers its leading popularizers—Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Richard Dawkins. Joining a 2,000-year-old conversation which no one has contributed anything significant to for years, Bugliosi, in addition to destroying the all-important Christian argument of intelligent design, remarkably—yes, scarily—shakes the very foundations of Christianity by establishing that Jesus was not born of a virgin, and hence was not the son of God, that scripture in reality supports the notion of no free will, and that the immortality of the soul was a pure invention of Plato that Judaism and Christianity were forced to embrace because without it there is no life after death. Destined to be an all-time classic, Bugliosi’s Divinity of Doubt sets a new course amid the explosion of bestselling books on atheism and theism—the middle path of agnosticism. In recognizing the limits of what we know, Bugliosi demonstrates that agnosticism is
 he most intelligent and responsible position to take on the eternal question of God’s existence.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The question of the existence of God has captured the imaginations of pundits and pedants around the world. On one side are the theists, the believers. On the other side are the atheists, the ardent unbelievers. Bugliosi finds himself in a third category -- the agnostic, one who admits that he doesn't know if God exists, and may even insist that it isn't possible to know if there is a God. The author is a well-known attorney as well as a writer, whose best-known book, Helter Skelter, documented the horrific Charles Manson murders. He turns his attention here to a broad and often biting study of the proponents, and opponents, of Godism. He addresses some of the oldest questions in Christendom -- the problem of evil, the sometimes contradictory accounts of sacred events, etc. -- and sees no inevitability of a God in any of the answers proposed by even the best scholars. He ends his thoughts with a simple "God should only be a question." Sometimes pedantic but always eloquent, this is a fascinating read. (Apr.)
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"...Bugliosi's arguments...are well reasoned, clearly presented, and provide a good introductory survey of the theist-versus-atheist-versus-agnostic debate." - Booklist

"...always eloquent...fascinating..." - Publishers Weekly

"...a brilliant book by a true iconoclast...as refreshing as it is honest." - Huffington Post

"...Passionate... a darn good read, for believers and non-believers alike." - Las Vegas Review-Journal

"...the most powerful indictment ever offered of God, organized religion, theism, and atheism...Destined to be a classic, Bugliosi's Divinity of Doubt sets a new course amid the explosion of bestselling books on atheism and theism." - FSB Media

"...an excellent book...very highly recommend..." - BlogCritics.org

Library Journal
Distinguished attorney and true crime author Bugliosi (Helter Skelter; Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder) here takes on the subject of God's existence, making the case for agnosticism. Anyone expecting a gentle and centrist approach may be surprised by the ruthlessness of Bugliosi's scathing attack on both theism and atheism (although he focuses most of his attention on Christianity). Although the book makes quite a number of arguments (e.g., since death is so awful, how can a kind God exist?), they are unfortunately muted by a frequently superficial and sometimes inaccurate understanding of his opponents' views on matters from natural selection to resurrection, all of which significantly dilutes the potency of what could have been a stronger book if better researched. Given the author's background as a seasoned and renowned prosecutor, this major shortcoming is surprising. VERDICT Considering that this book is a systematic attack on the belief or unbelief systems of so many, his readership is unclear. One can only hope for a revised edition that unearths any gems latent within this flawed manuscript.—Brian T. Sullivan, Alfred Univ. Lib., NY

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Meet the Author

Vincent Bugliosi received his law degree in 1964. In his career at the L.A. County District Attorney's office, he successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions without a single loss. His most famous trial, the Charles Manson case, became the basis of his classic, Helter Skelter, the biggest selling true-crime book in publishing history. Two of Bugliosi's other books--And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage--also reached #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. No other American true-crime writer has ever had more than one book that achieved this ranking. The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder was likewise a New York Times bestseller, and Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been heralded as epic and a book for the ages. HBO, in association with Tom Hanks's PlayTone Productions, will be producing this as a ten-hour mini-series.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
August 14, 1934
Date of Death:
June 6, 2015
Place of Birth:
Hibbing, MN
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, CA
University of Miami (1956); UCLA Law School (1964)

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Divinity of Doubt: The God Question 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Regis_Schilken More than 1 year ago
Divinity of Doubt by Vincent Bugliosi From the get-go, I must admit that Divinity of Doubt is my kind of reading. The reason is simple. This well stated 5-star book examines the possibility of God's existence by contrasting it with the impossibility of His Existence. Author Bugliosi is a thinker in this sense: he refuses to consider anything as truthful except that which is reasonable to the human mind. Divinity of Doubt supposes we have a mind; but deny that and we have utter nothingness which we know is unreasonable. Moving on from there, Bugliosi begins to annihilate ALL religion including, Catholicism, Protestantism, Jewish Religions, Oriental Beliefs, Muslimism and -isms in general. How can he so easily wipe out all this doctrine with one fell swoop of his hand. Simple! Every religion known to man is a priori. This means that belief in any religious system accepts proof that the tenets it holds are justifiable and verifiable, because those tenets say they are justifiable and verifiable. In many cases, religious doctrine is built like a pyramid on some already believed, mythical, questionable fact, like the all-seeing eye on the dollar bill. So many religious -isms today descend from the basic Biblical fact in Genesis that God 1) created the cosmos. How do we know that to be truth? Because in the beginning verses of the Bible, 2) the Word states the fact that an Almighty Creator made all things. How do we know the Bible is inspired by God? Because 3) the Bible says so. How do we know god created the cosmos, oops, we've been here before, haven't we, because we have statement number 1) all over again! This is like a wheel of fortune. Give it a spin and whatever religion the indicator points to is the winner of truth. Why? Because each space SAYS it is the truth. This is akin to religious belief today. Spinning the religions wheel is similar to believing the pointer because of where you were raised from childhood, and what religion your parents forced upon you. Divinity of Doubt states reasonable proofs for 1) the all powerful, all knowing God (theism) and 2) the non existent God (atheism). Reading how author Bugliosi demolishes both beliefs is quite amusing. An example: theists profoundly believing in an all perfect God who is imperfect enough to allow the earthquake/tsunami in Japan to take place, or even the heinous holocaust. Then too, we have reduction to absurdity when atheists deny that God exists, but they themselves have existence from, from, from what? from nothingness? This is an excellent book. I very highly recommend its researched material for study, not lightly; because it outlines the horrors religion has nailed through reason's hands and feet. Look around the world today to see the painful crowns of thorns Israel and Jerusalem are attempting to beat down on each other's brows in the name of religion. Then look at Pakistan, Arabia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria. But do not just look at the battles taking place, look at the real underlying reasons why-differences in religious and subsequent moral beliefs. Vincent Bugliosi's Divinity of Doubt would have all peoples share an agnostic view of the world. A view that says, for the sake of humanity, let's stop killing one another in the name of religion. We are here; we are what we are; we are alive, and although we are reasonable, we must live with the ugliest, cruelest dichotomy of all time-we will never know the answer to the God Question.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Seeing a talented and smart lawyer like Vincent Bugliosi take on some of the greatest theological questions that man has struggled with for centuries is a thrill in itself. Seeing him make mincemeat of opponent's arguments is even better. I feel like he is cross-examining a witness, has him on the ropes, and then very surgically goes in for the kill. So, yes, I liked this book. The writing style leaves something to be desired, but God probably took that away from him when he heard the arguments that Bugliosi was going to make!
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The author does a thorough analysis of the question, "Is there a God", and reaches the conclusion that he isn't sure. His analysis falls short only when he ventures into a discussion about the universe and how it began. With a better understanding of the latest thinking on that subject I think his indecision would vanish, but I won't say what his conclusion would then be. The book is well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the biggest waste of money, the worst researched, and most envious, yet self-inflated driveling on any subject dealing with religion. I've read almost every new atheism book in the last six years and this by far is the most opinionated pile of crap. I have all the respect in the world for Bugliosi as a D.A. This time he managed to make me simultaneously hold my nose while turning page after page of innocuous, complaining, insulting, seemingly non-researched, and silly, implausible rambling over an experiment that will never take place not only because of it's inanity, but the self-inflated view Bugliosi has of himself, his ideas, his ignorance of the Bible, the Mormon religion, and all books he hastily insulted as if he's an evolutionary biologist, a top ten intellect, a creative writer, and of course his constant and superfluous reminders of his D.A. days, which is the only reason he received this contract to spew laughable B.S. I beg you to get this book for free, or don't even waste a cent and a minute of your time. Take a shower, walk the dog, scratch your ass, or find anything to do other than waste good leisure time on this rambling drivel. Btw, I wanted to give him a half of a star, but a full star registered. It doesn't matter. I gave it out of pity.