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Deluded by Dawkins? A Christian Response to the God Delusion [Paperback]

Andrew Wilson
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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9 Feb 2007
In his best-selling book The God Delusion, Dawkins has mixed intellectual, scientific and philosophical arguments with vitriolic attacks on Christianity and Christians. Deluded by Dawkins, by Andrew Wilson, is a lucid, coherent and very readable refutation of Richard Dawkins' arguments against God and Christianity for ordinary believers who want to cut through the rhetoric and get to the heart of the issues involved. Andrew Wilson subjects Dawkins' arguments to rigorous analysis. First he clarifies those which are unsubstantiated or irrelevant, and then he acknowledges the many points with which Christians can actually agree. From here he examines eight arguments over which Christians must differ, and explains why. Andrew says: 'I saw The God Delusion on sale in London, and it annoyed me. Not because it was a book arguing for the non-existence of God, but because it was so strident, so arrogant, and so full of mistakes and misrepresentations that it could significantly mislead people. Concerned that people in my church might struggle from reading it uncritically - and, more probably, that their unbelieving friends would - I decided to work through it in some detail, and write a response .... Encouraged by some church members and other friends in Christian leadership, I decided to devote the time to making ... a serious, if somewhat lighthearted, response to all the substantial arguments in Dawkins' text. ..... If I have succeeded in my intention, then readers will find themselves both encouraged and entertained.'

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Kingsway Publications; Reprint edition (9 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842913557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842913550
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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98 of 112 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Circular references, when he bothered. 24 April 2008
I was hoping for a decent rebuttal to The God Delusion when I bought this, although admittedly I didn't go so far as to reading anyone's reviews of it before hitting the BUY button. Nor did I register how many pages were in this book. Had I done so, the best I could have hoped for would be a concise counter-argument, but alas, that's not what this is.

Wilson spends the better part of his book not saying anything - he frequently peppers the text with phrases like "this is so obvious I needn't repeat it here" or "as everyone knows from reading [X]", and soforth... referring to other texts isn't so bad if you include the premise that the other texts establish... this almost seems to serve as a vehicle for selling other pro-God books, as without them you're left largely in the dark as to what this one's actually referring to.

Wilson opens the book by saying that the piece began life as an article for his church newsletter, and evolved from there. In retrospect I think it should have ended there and not harboured any further aspirations of interest or relevance. Having read it, I intend to post my copy back to the publisher and castigate them for having wasted my time.

Overwhelmingly, the weakest part of this book is that the author refers to Dawkins' statements pointing out the shortfallings of The Bible, and then as counter evidence he refers to.... THE BIBLE! So essentially, This Book is true because This Book says it is and proves it!

I read it to the end (which thankfully didn't take long) hoping to find some nugget of an argument amongst it all, but came up with nothing. Hardly a landmark rebuttal.
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129 of 152 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Alister McGrath much better 15 April 2007
I had read Alister McGrath's "The Dawkins Delusion?", and "Dawkins' God " before the release of Wilson's "Deluded by Dawkins?". However, while I found McGrath's books were both interesting to read, and presented appropriate and effective points of rebuttal to Dawkins, Wilson's book is lame by comparison.

If you decide to read only one book, it should be McGrath's, not Wilson's.

Wilson's book starts out fine in Chapter One. Chapter Two contains a table summarizing Dawkins arguments in The God Delusion, chapter-by-chapter. This is the most useful part of Wilson's book. However, from Chapter 3 onwards, where Wilson goes into the discussion of Jesus' resurrection and veracity of the Bible, he sounds unconvincing, which only makes things look better for Dawkins.

If you're a Christian looking for good ammunition against Dawkin's The God Delusion, I'd advice you buy McGrath's book(s), and forget buying this one, but maybe look at Wilson's Chapter 2 table if a friend has bought Wilson's book.

If you're a Dawkins view supporter, wondering if you should read Wilson's book to be informed about the views "from the other side", don't bother buying this book. Again, I would instead advice you look at McGrath instead.

However, since Wilson's book is very short, and will easily be finished in a single afternoon, if you decide to read it anyways, it won't waste too much of your time.
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inadequate and confused. 12 Jun 2008
This book contains the same old circular reasoning often used to attack arguments which demand evidence. The book is rife with assumptions. Looks like a cheap attempt to cash in on Dawkins's book even down to the blatant copy of the cover!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars deluded by direness 20 Feb 2011
Read this for an opposite opinion to the god delusion but what we got was the usual non arguments and just the assumption christianity is right.Absolute rubbish and very little reading.A poor attempt at a reply to the god delusion
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Arguements 30 Dec 2008
The author's modus operandi is exactly the kind of thing that Dawkins has such contempt for. Granting that Darwins theory of natural selection describes a very powerful mechanism for the creation of complex objects other than by design, he then hi-jacks this and argues that this process could have been designed by God. He then neatly avoids the biblical version, Garden of Eden etc. He cannot come up with any kind of argument for who designed God other than roll out his mantra that he is the one and only and eternal etc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and helpful 24 Feb 2014
This is not a long book given over to examining arguments in depth. It is designed primarily to identify weaknesses in Dawkins approach in the God Delusion, as the summary table in Ch2 shows. Many ordinary readers will be blown away by Dawkins' confident and sometimes abrupt style. Wilson writes to help primarily fellow Christians see through the smoke to discover there is very little fire.

Criticisms levelled in the ratings above either come from people demanding more detail than Wilson gives (missing his intended aim with the book), or those who come from Dawkins' camp and are unwilling to countenance the philosophical weaknesses and misleading depictions of the God Delusion.

I would recommend this to any reader of the God Delusion who would like to here the response an astute Christian to its content. If you want more detail than Wilson presents, go to Oxford Prof Alistair McGrath's book.
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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't effectively refute Dawkins 13 Nov 2007
By Splossy
The best that can be said about this is that the author does pick holes in Dawkins treatment of the bible. I'm not surprised because Dawkins' treatment of scripture was the weakest part of the book. But it was hardly the most important either.

The failure to refute the major atheistic arguments renders it relatively useless as a attempt to answer Dawkins.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most laughable book I've ever read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars lame and lazy
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Published on 12 July 2011 by J. K. Dowd
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor and Disapointing
I didn't like the God Delusion and thought it poor in comparison to any of the other books by Dawkins. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by Sloan_Chace
4.0 out of 5 stars Deluded by Dawkins
This is a little book, easy to read in an afternoon. It does not have the academic weight of similar title by Alsiter McGrath or Keith Ward and in no way can be seen as a... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2009 by I. E. Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent response
I think that this is an excellent brief response to Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion, from a Christian perspective. Read more
Published on 1 May 2009 by S. Motyer
4.0 out of 5 stars too short,
This is, I think, not nearly as bad as some reviewers are saying one reviewer seems to think Deluded by Dawkins? Read more
Published on 29 April 2009 by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars Poppycock
I can't believe I waste part of my life reading this, but I was intrigued that someone had the nerve to take on science and logic and observation, and compare it to something... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2009 by AgentMulderUK
1.0 out of 5 stars "Deluded by Dawkins?" what a title.
Richard Dawkins is the last person I would conclude is deluded.

A delusion is where someone truly believes in something even though there is no evidential proof. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2008 by rational-karlh
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