God is No Delusion: A Refutation of Richard Dawkins

God is No Delusion: A Refutation of Richard Dawkins

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by Thomas Crean
     
 

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Richard Dawkins, biologist and best-selling author, claims that belief in God is a "delusion" and that "religion" harms society. Dawkins contends that he has reason and evidence on his side, and he dismisses faith as unfounded, even irrational.

Dominican Thomas Crean tackles Dawkins' claims head-on. He presents straightforward arguments for God's existence,

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Richard Dawkins, biologist and best-selling author, claims that belief in God is a "delusion" and that "religion" harms society. Dawkins contends that he has reason and evidence on his side, and he dismisses faith as unfounded, even irrational.

Dominican Thomas Crean tackles Dawkins' claims head-on. He presents straightforward arguments for God's existence, and he uses reason and evidence to defend such things as miracles and the authority of the Bible. He also shows how God is important for a coherent understanding of morality, and why Dawkins' approach winds up reducing morality to the individual's subjective likes and dislikes. By demonstrating how Dawkins' criticisms rest on misunderstandings, superficial readings, poor argumentation, a lack of historical awareness, and not a little prejudice, Crean reveals Dawkins to be out of his philosophical and theological depth, and his case against God to be fundamentally flawed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586172312
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

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God Is No Delusion: A Refutation of Richard Dawkins 2.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
William Meyers More than 1 year ago
Mark Tw.ain said faith is believing in things you know aint so . This book is a century by century review of philosophcal arguments we know aint so. Pure bull
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do I click "zero stars" ? This is a book chock-full of logical fallacies. Nothing In this book truly refutes anything Richard Dawkins' book the God Delusion. The author really should examine his faith (I.e. what he believes without any evidence) versus what Dawkins admirably puts forward and explains with clarity in his own works. "god is no delusion" is a book for the closed minded... I heartily recommend any of Dawkins, Harris, Dennett or most recently Jillette's works instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Faith is not evidence. Wishful thinking is not evidence. Hearing voices in your head is not evidence. And an old book written by scientifically illiterate goatherders is not evidence. The author of this book needs a serious education in logical reasoning.
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JacksonKEskew More than 1 year ago
[Note: Unfortunately, B&N doesn't allow the use of paragraphs here.] C.S. Lewis quipped: "A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere." This is one of them. The warning applies to today's legions of permanent adolescents as well. Caveat emptor. As others have ably provided detailed reviews elsewhere, I'll just add my voice to the chorus by more generally recommending this book. Thomas Crean's tone here is as magnanimous as Pope Dawkins' is pusillanimous. This contrast alone is a sight to behold, and is itself most instructive. More importantly, Crean methodically destroys Dawkins' arguments (in fact Crean shows that Dawkins' book contains very little argumentation). Indeed he does so to the point that Dawkins is, sadly, revealed as both a rank demagogue and as theologically, philosophically, and historically illiterate. I actually felt vicariously embarrassed for apostle Dawkins while reading this book. Read it and see for yourself. P.S. After finishing this book, two things popped to mind: First: "Today's legions of exquisitely 'open' and 'free' minds, those unshackled by emotionalism and wedded only to 'pure reason' - i.e., our alleged 'freethinkers' - must read this book. Or are they not open?" Look elsewhere for the stampede against this book by today's herd of "freethinkers." Second, I considered what kind of press release Dick Dawkins might come up with, in an ideal world, after reading this book. Here's what flashed through my mind: "People, stop buying my book! Stop buying it immediately! O heavy burden! I've just learned that it's bunk! O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart can conceive nor name thee! I've just been shown that I'm yet another theological, philosophical, and historical ignoramus! O the shame! My full retraction is forthcoming." But if he were Socratic, he'd be happy to be disabused of his ignorance. Anyway, Dawkins would then make the typical circus rounds - Larry, Greta, Keith, Diane, and all the rest - to get this message out, all leading to a crescendo of intoxicating, tearful absolution from Oprah Herself! Alas, Dawkins has shown no such shame, nor have any of his fellow atheist evangelists. After all, the money is rolling in. But one may dream! "O age, thou art shamed.* O shame, where is thy blush?**" -Shakespeare, Julius Caesar*, Hamlet**