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Deluded by Dawkins? A Christian Response to the God Delusion Paperback – 9 Feb 2007


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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: 12.8 x 0.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jason B. Standing on 24 April 2008
Format: Paperback
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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130 of 153 people found the following review helpful By S. Munir on 15 April 2007
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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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60 of 72 people found the following review helpful By mahoneko on 12 Jun. 2008
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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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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Culbert on 20 Feb. 2011
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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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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Jackson on 30 Dec. 2008
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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.
Yawn!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 3 Mar. 2015
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So, I first Got this book because I reading currently, The God Delusion, and I wanted to get a good 'Christian' argument as well...

Turns out there is No such thing as a good Christian arguement! From what I can see from this book, It use the same old recycled cliche Ideas in what Christians believe and actually provide no proof as such for the faith. I would say a good attempt and think it is a genuine response. It sometimes refers to the bible, but make of that what you will...If you are looking for science in this argument-I wouldn't bother, But prefer a look into what and why Christians believe in what they do, Then this is all the book is good for.

However, I Would strongly recommend God Delusion by Richard Dawkins for any Deep religious believe and Non Believer also! This book is really a suggestion in itself to read the God Delusion and will persuade you even more to believe in Evolution!

All I can say about this book, Is it is a good 'view' on what Christians believe.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Splossy on 13 Nov. 2007
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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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