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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (15 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405125381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405125383
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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In this book McGrath does a good job of condemning aspects of Dawkins zealotry but in the process does much to condemn his own arguments as well.   (Journal of Religious History, 20 January 2014)

"The book is important for a number of reasons ... Dawkins′ God ends with a valuable and more general chapter on science and religion, emphasising the limitations of the human mind." (The Journal of SJT, 2012)

"In Dawkins′ God, McGrath has written a brilliant book, and it is difficult to think that the exposition of Dawkins′ writings and their religious implications, will ever be better stated, explored and criticised... at once dispassionate, robust and readable." Richard Harries, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Alister McGrath′s book Dawkins′ God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life does a fair and sophisticated job of summarising my position." Richard Dawkins, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Dawkins is disposed of with panache, and with McGrath′s ususal clarity and conciseness." Theology

"Lucid and brief, without being perfunctory or dismissive, and fulfils the role of guide to the educated layperson without eliciting boredom from the academic familiar with the field ... The end result of this effort by McGrath is that, once again, I would have no hesitation in recommending the book as a basic text for A–level or first–year undergraduate students looking for their appetite to be whetted for a number of connected fields of scholarship, or indeed for the ′educated layperson′ seeking a grasp of the issues without having to wade through hundreds of pages of science and theology ... A very finely judged piece of writing." Kaleidoscope

"With clear and incisive argumentation, McGrath takes Dawkins on and exposes many of the weaknesses in his case for atheism." Reformed Theological Journal

"Wielding evolutionary arguments and carefully chosen metaphors like sharp swords, Richard Dawkins has emerged over three decades as this generation′s most aggressive promoter of atheism. In his view, science, and science alone, provides the only rock worth standing on. In this remarkable book, Alister McGrath challenges Dawkins on the very ground he holds most sacred – rational argument – and McGrath disarms the master. It becomes readily apparent that Dawkins has aimed his attack at a naive version of faith that most serious believers would not recognize. After reading this carefully constructed and eloquently written book, Dawkins′ choice of atheism emerges as the most irrational of the available choices about God′s existence."
Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project

 

In this tour–de–force Alister McGrath approaches the edifice of self–confident, breezy atheism so effectively promoted by Richard Dawkins, and by deft dissection and argument reveals the shallowness, special–pleading and inconsistencies of his world–picture. Here is a book which helps to rejoin the magnificence of science to the magnificence of God s good Creation.
Simon Conway Morris, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology, Cambridge University

 

 

 

This is a wonderful book. One of the world s leading Christian contributors to the science/religion dialogue takes on Richard Dawkins, Darwinism s arch–atheist, and wrestles him to the ground! This is scholarship as it should be informed, feisty, and terrific fun. I cannot wait to see Dawkins s review of Alister McGrath s critique.
Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University

 

 

 

A timely and accessible contribution to the debate over Richard Dawkins s cosmology which exposes philosophical naivety, the abuse of metaphor, and sheer bluster, left, right and centre. Here Alister McGrath announces what every Darwinian Fundamentalist needs to hear: that science is and always has been a cultural practice that is provisional, fallible, and socially shaped an enterprise to be cultivated and fostered, but hardly worshipped or idolised. A devastating critique.
David N. Livingstone, Professor of Geography and Intellectual History, Queen s University, Belfast

 

 

Alister McGrath critically examines the places where Richard Dawkins well–established biological science changes into the speculations which undergird Dawkins own anti–religious faith. In his appreciative examination and ruthless analysis of Dawkins writings and the polemics associated with them, McGrath has done a marvellous apologetic job, as well as providing a particular service for those daunted by scientific authoritarianism. We are all in his debt for rigorously identifying and exposing the weaknesses of some of the commonly used arguments against the Christian faith.
R. J. Berry, formerly Professor of Genetics, University College, London and President of the Linnean Society

 

 

 

Alister McGrath subjects the atheistic world–view of Richard Dawkins to critical analysis and finds it severely lacking in intellectual rigour. As a former atheist himself, and a biochemist turned theologian and philosopher, the author is well placed to appreciate Dawkins well–deserved reputation as a populariser of evolutionary theory, but equally well qualified to assess his stratagem of using a biological theory for ideological purposes. This book is essential reading for those interested in the traffic of ideas between science, philosophy and religion.
Dr Denis Alexander, Chairman, Molecular Immunology Programme, The Babraham Institute and Fellow of St. Edmund s College, Cambridge

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" In Dawkins′ God , McGrath has written a brilliant book, and it is difficult to think that the exposition of Dawkins′ writings and their religious implications, will ever be better stated, explored and criticised... at once dispassionate, robust and readable." Richard Harries, Times Higher Education Supplement "Alister McGrath′s book Dawkins′ God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life does a fair and sophisticated job of summarising my position ." Richard Dawkins, Times Higher Education Supplement "Wielding evolutionary arguments and carefully chosen metaphors like sharp swords, Richard Dawkins has emerged over three decades as this generation′s most aggressive promoter of atheism. In his view, science, and science alone, provides the only rock worth standing on. In this remarkable book, Alister McGrath challenges Dawkins on the very ground he holds most sacred – rational argument – and McGrath disarms the master. It becomes readily apparent that Dawkins has aimed his attack at a naive version of faith that most serious believers would not recognize. After reading this carefully constructed and eloquently written book, Dawkins′ choice of atheism emerges as the most irrational of the available choices about God′s existence." Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project In this tour–de–force Alister McGrath approaches the edifice of self–confident, breezy atheism so effectively promoted by Richard Dawkins, and by deft dissection and argument reveals the shallowness, special–pleading and inconsistencies of his world–picture. Here is a book which helps to rejoin the magnificence of science to the magnificence of God s good Creation. Simon Conway Morris, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology, Cambridge University This is a wonderful book. One of the world s leading Christian contributors to the science/religion dialogue takes on Richard Dawkins, Darwinism s arch–atheist, and wrestles him to the ground! This is scholarship as it should be informed, feisty, and terrific fun. I cannot wait to see Dawkins s review of Alister McGrath s critique. Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University A timely and accessible contribution to the debate over Richard Dawkins s cosmology which exposes philosophical naivety, the abuse of metaphor, and sheer bluster, left, right and centre. Here Alister McGrath announces what every Darwinian Fundamentalist needs to hear: that science is and always has been a cultural practice that is provisional, fallible, and socially shaped an enterprise to be cultivated and fostered, but hardly worshipped or idolised. A devastating critique. David N. Livingstone, Professor of Geography and Intellectual History, Queen s University, Belfast Alister McGrath critically examines the places where Richard Dawkins well–established biological science changes into the speculations which undergird Dawkins own anti–religious faith. In his appreciative examination and ruthless analysis of Dawkins writings and the polemics associated with them, McGrath has done a marvellous apologetic job, as well as providing a particular service for those daunted by scientific authoritarianism. We are all in his debt for rigorously identifying and exposing the weaknesses of some of the commonly used arguments against the Christian faith. R. J. Berry, formerly Professor of Genetics, University College, London and President of the Linnean Society Alister McGrath subjects the atheistic world–view of Richard Dawkins to critical analysis and finds it severely lacking in intellectual rigour. As a former atheist himself, and a biochemist turned theologian and philosopher, the author is well placed to appreciate Dawkins well–deserved reputation as a populariser of evolutionary theory, but equally well qualified to assess his stratagem of using a biological theory for ideological purposes. This book is essential reading for those interested in the traffic of ideas between science, philosophy and religion. Dr Denis Alexander, Chairman, Molecular Immunology Programme, The Babraham Institute and Fellow of St. Edmund s College, Cambridge --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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