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Does exactly what it says on the cover!
on 1 May 2014
This book shows clearly that Dawkins' grasp on probability, chemistry, physics, philosophy and theology are minimal and that a small amount of knowledge is indeed a dangerous thing. The negative reviews of this book are perplexing and make me wonder if they have actually read/understood this book. J A Foxton for example seems to claim that the authors do not accept evolution - they certainly do, but point out that the chemical elements have not been around long enough for mere chance to account solely for life and its huge variation. Dawkins puts the odds of DNA forming by chance at 1,000,000 to 1. Scott & Hahn do the maths and show it is more like 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000, 000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1! Yes the number is mind-boggling but it is backed up by calculation not simply pulled out of the air like Dawkins' figure! They go on to explain Dawkins' misunderstanding of the anthropic principle, which deals more deeply with the astounding fine tuning of the universe. This has two possible explanations: Dawkins' blind chance or intelligent design.
Dawkins' confuses the issue here by putting forward anthropy as the alternative to intelligent design. As they point out anthropy is a concept and can't of itself explain or bring about the universe. Yes, there may well be books that deal more fully with the arguments for God's existence but the authors make it clear that this is not their aim. They focus on Dawkins' ideas and show these to be in turns fallacious or simply naïve. Buy this book and see for yourselves!