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Opting for Reality - Putting away Childish Things,
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This review is from: God and the Folly of Faith (Paperback)
Victor Stenger writes with passion on the need to end our strange double-think on science and religion. Religion is not a harmless aberration but a positive 'folly' that causes great damage in many unsuspected ways - religious wars and genocides being just the most obvious. People who base their actions on faith cannot be reasoned with however stupid and self-defeating their consequent actions are. Stenger provides chapter and verse of the ill effects that faith still visits upon even highly civilised societies and he wonders at the ability of a few leading scientists to compartmentalise their minds into non-overlapping 'magisteria' in Stephen J Gould's terminology. However the book is not just an attack on 'blind' faith but a very informative description of our present knowledge in biology, physics and cosmology. He writes in a style that the non-scientist can easily follow and I have no hesitation in recommending the book to any who take an interest in science and civilisation.