5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Convoluted and confusing,
This review is from: Darwin's Angel: An angelic riposte to The God Delusion (Paperback)
I bought Darwin's Angel because, not wishing to be considered fixed in my views, I wanted something to offset The God Delusion, which I found pretty well unarguable. But then the book just confirms my views on the existence of a deity anyway; I haven't been able to understand the meaning of such belief since I was ten.
Cornwell's is only a small book, but I haven't finished it yet. I find it very confusing. The arguements he uses may or may not carry weight. I just don't really understand most of them. Nothing he says makes me want to believe where I don't currently. This may be because I am indeed too fixed in my views. I feel that many of the points put are so convoluted that they are designed to make the reader uneasy because he doesn't understand them. Does Mr Cornwell really understand them either?
I'll go on with the book to the end, hoping for enlightenment. I have serious doubts about the likelihood of this.
I've seen some enthusiastic reviews of the book, of the 'this is one in the eye for Dawkins' variety. Maybe the writers of these are already believers as I'm already a non-believer. For me Richard Dawkins The God Delusion speaks the truth, even if he does so with a certain level of self-satisfaction, and even though I feel he over-eggs the pudding about the barriers to progress posed by faith. Mr Cornwell's book has done nothing to alter my opinions - yet.