Divinity of Doubt: The God Question [NOOK Book]


From the New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter comes a provocative book on agnosticism
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter comes a provocative book on agnosticism
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Former prosecutor Vincent Buglioso approaches every question with the vigor of a much younger man. His research on the Kennedy assassination resulted in documentation of more than 2700 pages. His Divinity of Doubt is only a fraction as long (256 pages to be exact), but it does address "the God question" with the same level of commitment. Like his book on the O.J. Simpson case, Buglioso skewers both camps, heaping criticism equally on atheist promoters including Hitchens, Dawkins, and Harris and hell-and-brimstone Old Testament fundamentalists. His call for a healthy agnosticism is certain to generate media attention.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593156664
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 455,672
  • File size: 460 KB

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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

1 God, Etc. 1

2 God in Court 19

3 The Christian God Cannot Exist 25

4 Atheism and Its Current Leading Prolocutors 39

5 Darwin and Evolution 61

6 The Intelligence (or Lack Thereof) of Intelligent Design, and First Cause 79

7 Genesis 97

8 Born-Again Christians and Their Remarkable Beliefs 105

9 Jesus Died for Whom? And for What? 117

10 If Jesus Wasn't the Son of God, Then Who Was He? 131

11 The Many Absurdities of Christianity, and Its Monstrous God 137

12 The Catholic Church: Great, Grand, and Silly 151

13 If God Is All-Good, Why Does He Put All of Us to Death? 183

14 What's So Great Up There in Heaven? 193

15 A Brief Descent into Hell 201

16 Praying to a Tree Trunk 211

17 Between Morality and Religion, Who Needs Whom? 221

18 Hey, Look at Us, We're Just as Silly as They Are 233

19 The Sense and Morality of Agnosticism 253

Bookends 261

Flushing God Out 261

Notes 273

About the Author 326

Index 327

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    Excellent Book - Stop Killing in the Name of Religion

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Divinity of Doubt, by Vincent Bugliosi

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    God In the Courtroom

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    Thought provoking, thorough analysis of the God Question

    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.

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