- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Family Publications; First Edition edition (10 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1871217709
- ISBN-13: 978-1871217704
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 876,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Catholic Replies to Professor Dawkins Paperback – 10 May 2007
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From the Publisher
This new book is in the form of a reply to Richard Dawkins
book, The God Delusion.
It is patiently argued, without polemic, in a clear and reasoned way. It
is accessible to all readers, and will be of interest to all those who have
read The God Delusion or listened to Dawkins' arguments on TV.
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From time to time I found it difficult to follow his synopses of St. Augustine and other thinkers but I chalk this up to my own inexperience with these ancient authors rather than Crean's writing. An author has to expect a certain level of knowledge from the reader in order to make an argument. As such, from my view, this book would not be the easiest thing for someone who has not had a basic training in philosophy or logic to read. However, if you have a University degree, you should be able to follow most of the arguments presented.
Regardless, Crean accurately but fairly points out the ameteurish logical pitfalls that Dawkins fell into because he (Dawkins) failed to consult or even acknowledge the over two millenia worth of works arguing the existence of God. Crean brings the arsenal of these great thinkers to bear on Dawkins and, as a result, Dawkins' work is soundly refuted. Crean accomplishes his mission both expertly and professionally, without falling into any ad hominem attacks that so frequently appear on the other side of the argument. Bravo!
The beauty of the Catholic worldview, as espoused so well by Fr Crean, is that it incorporates both scientific understanding of the universe and human experience in the fullest way. It is also non-dogmatic at the outset in that it is open to whatever conclusions reason points to, including the existence of the metaphysical (in the sense of something "beyond the physical"). The weakness of the atheist-materialist worldview, as espoused by Professor Dawkins, is that it incorporates a dogmatic statement at the outset without justification: that there is no metaphysical existence. When addressing questions of the metaphysical therefore, it is not equipped to deal with them rationally, because it will not acknowledge even the possibility of its existence. In order to assert that the metaphysical does not exist, its proponents do not use reason. They either remain silent or resort to forceful re-assertions of their prejudice in order to hide the lack of reason and to silence those who have a different point of view.
As he states at the outset, Fr Crean is a response and he is not aiming to establish the basis of Catholic thought. So the general format in his book is first a clear statement of what Catholics do believe on a particular issue and then an analysis Dawkins' arguments against it with a view to examining the truth of them. It should be stated that the Catholic worldview can be justified in reason, but for the reasons given, there is no obligation on Fr Crean to provide it in this context.Read more ›
This is highly illuminating and replete with such profound logic it makes you wonder where Dawkins goes from here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dawkins would destroy every argument in this book. In fact, if you were to read his work, you'd discover he already has.Published on 23 Sept. 2010 by Daniel Kolasinski
Thomas Crean makes many complicated arguments for the truth of Catholicism and to counter the arguments made by Richard Dawkins in "The God Delusion". Read morePublished on 12 May 2009 by A. BUTTERWORTH
Even after a superficial reading of this book it becomes clear to see, for both religious and non-religious alike, that Professor Dawkins has failed to master his chosen subject.Published on 18 Dec. 2008 by Mr. P. J. Northam
Thomas Crean's logic is hopelessly flawed. He mis-quotes Dawkins, then he re-drafts his interpretation of what Dawkins says and then he attacks this mis-draft. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2007 by PM Driver