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Elegantly dismantles Dawkins,
This review is from: Why There Almost Certainly is a God: Doubting Dawkins (Paperback)Ward does a good job picking apart Dawkins's attempts at philosophy, though this is neither surprising nor particularly impressive considering Dawkins's book on God is a bit of jumble and should really be called 'Meditations on theology, history, American society and Constitutional Law, the Gnostic Gospels, and the thought processes of Pat Robertson by an Oxford University expert in the behavior of chicks at feeding time'. (Even the ardent evolutionist Michael Ruse said it made him embarrassed to be an atheist.)
In addition to showing what's wrong with Dawkins' arguments, Ward also provides a lucid, concise and penetrating introduction to some theistic arguments.
Part 1: Ward clarifies the nature of the debate about the existence of God, showing that it is a question of metaphysics, not mere physics
Part 2: Ward shows what is wrong with Dawkins central 'argument' against God
Part 3: Ward explains what is wrong with Dawkins' criticisms of theistic arguments, and presents some arguments for theism.
There are much stronger presentations of theism elsewhere (Ward isn't writing within the tradition of classical theism), but Ward has written a strong reponse to Dawkins.
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2009 21:09:41 BDT
Posted on 29 Apr 2009 10:19:33 BDT
A. J. Bradbury says:
Mr Knowland might also have added that Michael Ruse has characterised Dawkins as one of Creationism's most effective recruiters!
"opus", whose comment (though relatively mild) is fairly typical of those coming from Dawkins' supporters, may have helped to explain why that would be so.
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