Alister E. McGrath is one of the world’s leading theologians, with a doctorate in the sciences. Richard Dawkins is one of the bestselling popular science writers, with outspoken and controversial views on religion. This fascinating and provoking work is the first book-length response to Dawkins’ ideas, and offers an ideal introduction to the topical issues of science and religion.
- Addresses fundamental questions about Dawkins’ approach to science and religion: Is the gene actually selfish? Is the blind watchmaker a suitable analogy? Are there other ways of looking at things?
- Tackles Dawkins’ hostile and controversial views on religion, and examines the religious implications of his scientific ideas, making for a fascinating and provoking debate
- Written in a very engaging and accessible style, ideal to those approaching scientific and religious issues for the first time
- Alister McGrath is uniquely qualified to write this book. He is one of the world’s best known and most respected theologians, with a strong research background in molecular biophysics
- A superb book by one of the world’s leading theologians, which will attract wide interest in the growing popular science market, similar to Susan Blackmore’s The Meme Machine (1999).
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Table of Contents
Encountering Dawkins: A Personal Account.
1. The Selfish Gene: A Darwinian View of the World.
The new approach: Charles Darwin.
The mechanics of inheritance: Mendel and genetics.
The discovery of the gene.
The role of DNA in genetics.
Dawkins’ approach: the selfish gene.
River out of Eden: Exploring a Darwinian world.
2. The Blind Watchmaker: Evolution and the Elimination of God?.
Natural science leads to neither atheism nor Christianity.
God as an explanatory hypothesis.
The case of William Paley.
The religious views of Charles Darwin.
The Christian reaction to Darwin.
3. Proof and Faith: The Place of Evidence in Science and Religion.
Faith as blind trust?.
Is atheism itself a faith?.
Christian faith as irrational?.
The problem of radical theory change in science.
The rhetorical amplification of the case for atheism.
4. Cultural Darwinism? The Curious “Science” of Memetics.
The origins of the meme.
Is cultural development Darwinian?.
Do memes actually exist?.
The flawed analogy between meme and gene.
The redundancy of the meme.
God as a virus?.
5. Science and Religion: Dialogue or Intellectual Appeasement?.
The “warfare” of science and religion.
The poky little medieval universe of religion.
The concept of awe.
The mind of God.
Mystery, insanity and nonsense.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have read a few of Dawkins' books and found McGrath's book adequately disects much of Dawkins' arguments/references against religion. I espicially like the brief discussion on memes his argument seems to convince me that memes are not traditional science as they doe not hold to the scientific method. Ultimately, read this book on your own and decide for yourself- you can read reviews and have a biased perspective, or you can decide for yourself. I enjoyed it and will read many more books.