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Good, but I Torah few pages out.
on 28 July 2013
This book, as with many '50 Ideas' titles, is jam-packed with highly readable and succinct content matter that proves a joy to read. Its a useful, albeit basic, reference piece in which the core tenets of major world religions are outlined. Quotations from various figures add value and context. Historical significance of belief systems are imparted by way of the ol' "50 ideas" timeline along the bottom of each page. The three great monotheisms are particularly well served.
I do, however, take issue with the way in which atheism is so negatively and wrongly portrayed in this book. It shouldn't even be mentioned. Atheism is not a religion nor is it faith in any real sense. One "condensed idea" proposes that "Atheism is a faith". || Edited for clarity: No atheist will tell you they are **certain** or have *faith* that gods don't exist. "Atheist" is a label that often runs parallel with "agnostic".|| Perhaps the content on atheism comes from a blip in the author's objectivity, or a failure to completely leave to one side his "denominational attachment." It is evident in his stance on 'The God Delusion', which, in his words, "feeds and embolden[s] anti-religious prejudice."
Preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience.
I wish the author could elaborate on how Dawkins' opinions fail in either reason or experience. (obvious bias!)