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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 turns his critical eye on both religious believers and the atheists who reflexively oppose them. Here he indicts both camps, and argues why agnosticism is the most responsible position to take with regard to such eternal questions as the existence of God. Bugliosi examines such developments as the decline of belief in evolution and the disturbing


Vincent Bugliosi turns his critical eye on both religious believers and the atheists who reflexively oppose them. Here he indicts both camps, and argues why agnosticism is the most responsible position to take with regard to such eternal questions as the existence of God. Bugliosi examines such developments as the decline of belief in evolution and the disturbing vengefulness of God as depicted in the Old Testament. He also questions that an all-powerful and all-knowing creator would have so badly miscalculated free will, leaving human beings to persecute and murder their fellow human beings. Vincent Bugliosi sets a new course – a middle path that urges us to recognize the limits of what we know, and what we cannot know about the ineffable mysteries of 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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“I found myself following my wife around the house reading passages of Bugliosi's book to her out loud. I wish I'd written this wonderfully funny deeply moving antidote to the false certainties — both religious and irreligious — that have divided our society into warring camps yammering at each other about things no one understands.”
—Frank Schaeffer New York Times bestselling author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back

“Always eloquent, this is a fascinating read.”
Publishers Weekly

“Bugliosi’s arguments, while familiar, are well-reasoned, clearly presented, and provide a good introductory survey of the theist-versus-atheist-versus-agnostic debate.”

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

In his career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, Vincent Bugliosi successfully prosocuted 105 of 106 felony jury trials, including every murder case. His most famous trial, the Charles Manson case, became the basis of his true-crime classic, Helter Skelter, the biggest selling true-crime book in publishing history. Two of Vincent's other true-crime books - And the Sea Will Tell and Outrage - also reached #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, as did his latest book, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. No other American true-crime writer has ever had more than one that book achieved this ranking. Vincent lives with his wife of many years in Los Angeles.

Mel Foster is a former ad agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials. An audiobook narrator since 2002, he won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey and an AudioFile Earphones Award for the novel Match Made in Heaven by Bob Mitchell. Mel is the author of several novels, including Shaking Hands with Lefkowitz, and he hopes one day listeners will hear him reading his own work.

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.