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If you're reading the reviews to decide whether to read the book, the answer is yes, you should, if only because so much has been said for and against it that you should have your own opinion. Read it carefully and critically though, and then read McGrath's "The Dawkins Delusion".
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Initial post: 24 Apr 2013 15:59:46 BDT
george scott says:
The Dawkins Delusion - that's the one where he spends over half the book arguing that you cannot prove that God does not exist, and that religion is not the root of all evil, in spite of the fact that Dawkins clearly accepts these points very early in the book.
McGrath also states that Leviticus prohibits slavery 'on compassionate grounds', but while Lev 25 does prohibit taking fellow tribesmen as slaves, it also instructs (you shall, not you may) the taking of slaves from just about everyone else. I still await an acceptable explanation.
In Dawkins God... McGrath claims that Dawkins has invented a ludicrous definition of faith, for his own polemical purposes, one which no-one , the non-religious as well as the religious would recognise. It would seem that the 'scholarly research' McGrath mentions so often did not extend to checking mainstream dictionaries, - the Collins in particular gives as its prime definition one which is essentially identical to that used by Dawkins.
To be fair to Julian, he did not give a knee-jerk one star rating.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2013 11:54:32 BDT
Indeed, it's definitely worth more than one star, and is worth reading. It certainly contains challenges for the Christian (& those of other religions) but is not the triumphant demolition of all religious belief that some would have you believe. There didn't seem much point in a long or detailed review, given how much has already been written here & elsewhere.
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