The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine

The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine


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World-renowned scientist Richard Dawkins writes in The God Delusion: "If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down." The volume has received wide coverage, fueled much passionate debate and caused not a little confusion.
Alister McGrath, along with his wife, Joanna, are ideal to evaluate Dawkins's ideas. Once an atheist himself, he gained a doctorate in molecular biophysics before going on to become a leading Christian theologian. He wonders how two people, who have reflected at length on substantially the same world, could possibly have come to such different conclusions about God. McGrath subjects Dawkins's critique of faith to rigorous scrutiny. His exhilarating, meticulously argued response deals with questions such as
  • Is faith intellectual nonsense?
  • Are science and religion locked in a battle to the death?
  • Can the roots of Christianity be explained away scientifically?
  • Is Christianity simply a force for evil?

This book will be warmly received by those looking for a reliable assessment of The God Delusion and the many questions it raises—including, above all, the relevance of faith and the quest for meaning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830837212
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 06/03/2010
Series: Veritas Books
Pages: 119
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Alister McGrath (D.Phil., D.D., Oxford University) holds the chair of theology, ministry and education and is head of the Centre for Theology, Religion Culture at King's College, London. A prolific author, his publications include Christianity's Dangerous Idea and A Passionate Intellect.

Joanna Collicutt McGrath is lecturer in the psychology of religion at Heythrop College, University of London. She is coauthor (with Jeremy Duff) of Meeting Jesus: Human Responses to a Yearning God.

Table of Contents


1. Deluded About God?

2. Has Science Disproved God?

3. What Are the Origins of Religion?

4. Is Religion Evil?


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What People are Saying About This

Dr. Timothy Johnson

"With rigorous logic and exquisite fairness, the McGraths have exposed Dawkins's very superficial understanding of the history of religion and theology. Because he is so 'out of his depth' in these areas, Dawkins uses his fundamentalistic scientism and atheism to constantly misjudge the possibilities for dialogue between religion and science. Thank God for scholars like the McGraths who are committed to finding truth in both."
Dr. Timothy Johnson, physician, journalist and author of Finding God in the Questions

Rowan Williams

"Alister McGrath invariably combines enormous scholarship with an accessible and engaging style."
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Owen Gingerich

"Richard Dawkins's utopian vision of a world without religion is here deftly punctured by the McGraths' informed discourse. His fellow Oxonians clearly demonstrate the gaps, inconsistencies and surprising lack of depth in Dawkins's arguments."
Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and author of God's Universe

Francis Collins

"Addressing the conclusions of The God Delusion point by point with the devastating insight of a molecular biologist turned theologian, Alister McGrath dismantles the argument that science should lead to atheism, and demonstrates instead that Dawkins has abandoned his much-cherished rationality to embrace an embittered manifesto of dogmatic atheist fundamentalism."
Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project

David G. Myers

"In this crisp and cogent book, Alister and Joanna McGrath note, among other things, how fundamentalist scientism fuels antiscientific Christian fundamentalism. They also remind us of well-documented associations between an active faith and measures of health and well-being. A must-read contribution to today's debate other whether religion spreads dangerous falsehoods or benevolent wisdom."
David G. Myers, Professor of Psychology, Hope College

Michael Ruse

"The God Delusion makes me embarrassed to be an atheist, and the McGraths show why."
Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, Florida State University

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Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very simple and concise analysis of Dawkins' approaches/arguments in the God Delusion. While McGrath doesn't really make a case for religion, he does point out the extreme bias and denial Dawkins makes in his writings. I encourage everyone to read this and understand how fundamentalism exists in all worldviews, including atheism, and no matter how much one wants their view to be correct, if evidence is ignored there simply is no case. McGrath certainly casts a distasteful light on Dawkins (no doubt because of Dawkins' radical and often unsupported statements). That is the only problem I had with this book. Nonetheless, it's one to be's precise, logical, and offers insightful interpretation for readers to knowingly analyze and sort out information others present.
Matthew1964 More than 1 year ago
The moment a so-called ex-atheist writes about atheists being god-haters is the moment they prove they have never understood the atheist mind. They were, at best, weak Christians/theists. You have to believe in a god in order to hate it, that would make the god-haters actual believers or theists, not atheists. This is a projection of the Christian mind. Why they would pose as ex-atheists? It is to try and add false authority to their statements about atheists. This is just another way Christians have found to tell us who and what we are instead of just asking us.
hamilton7 More than 1 year ago
This author outlines and documents the changing tone in Richard Dawkins' successive books. He is even-handed about the problematic issues raised in the Watchmaker, but fairly criticizes Dawkins as his philosophy and supposition move away from logical thought to the point where even atheists seek to distance themselves from him in The God Delusion. McGrath also accurately points out the logical flaws in Dawkin's theories, stated as fact, so this was a very enjoyable read for me. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know a book is bad when i cant even finish the sample. Just another fake exatheist. Im sad the suthor hit the limit of their intelligence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Large gaps in logic are everywhere in this book. The author seems to me to be another false ex- atheist.
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WillisP More than 1 year ago
An interesting read if you are already informed on Richard Dawkins and his works.
JohnAndrew More than 1 year ago
The McGrath team hit the nail right on the head about Dawkins!!! All Christians need to pray for his soul, which he so foolishly disregards.