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This review is from: The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine (Paperback)
This book is far too short to give any serious treatment of the issues it attempts to discuss. It does highlight some ways that Dawkins is misleading or confused (as the Christianity that emerges from Dawkins' writing is rather idiosyncratic), but it altogether lacks depth. He even attempts to turn Dawkins' argument on its head by suggesting that it is Dawkins himself who is deluded. This is not very useful reasoning, and too corrosive (maybe we are all deluded over our beliefs...) It is sad I think that McGrath has got tangled in this debate. It comes accross as petty; and McGrath has for a long time been a very useful and respected theological educator. The book seems to have been written in a hurry. The most eloquent lines in the book are the bits where McGrath cites Dawkins' own work. For those concerned with these issues there are better places to go; Keith Ward springs to mind.
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Initial post: 20 May 2014 14:40:50 BDT
A. J. Bradbury says:
I agree the book is unduly short - and therefore rather superficial - but I wonder what his brief was from the publisher. I once got a book accepted by cutting my original MS from 240 pages to 990 something. It lost something as far as my original intention was concerned, but it ended up selling consistently in the UK and was taken up by numerous overseas publishers.
In the end it's always the publisher who decides on number of pages and other practical details, and whilst they7 may not always understand the contents of the books they publish, they do often seem to understand what is needed to make a book sell, even if it isn't what the author(s) might have chosen to write, given their "druthers"*
[*As in "I'druther" have made it twice as long ;) ]
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