The Dawkins Letters: Revised Edition - Challenging Atheist Myths Paperback – 20 May 2010
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Wow, this is an intelligent and well-crafted view of RD's book. (Reader on www.richarddawkins.net)
Note from the author: The poster, 'richarddawkins.net' (is this an official view?) accuses me of lying and gives the example of the quotes on the cover of the book having been made up. From a Christian perspective this accusation of lying by either myself or CFP is very serious. Lying for Jesus is obviously self contradictory and wrong. The example that the poster gives is just wrong. All the quotes came from the Dawkins website, were seen by many people, and I have copies of them all. However over 300 posts were removed from that particular thread - including many of my own posts and all the ones referred to in the book. Perhaps it was just a coincidence but whatever the case those quotes did exist. If the poster is writing on behalf of richarddawkins.net, they know this and therefore are themselves not telling the truth. It is not the first time that a lie is told in order to accuse others of lying. It is very strange that richarddawkins.net are so keen to accuse me of lying, it indicates a certain level of desperation. They are struggling to answer The Dawkins Letters and so have to revert to attacking the author. (David Robertson ~ Pastor, St Peter's Free Church of Scotland, Dundee & trustee of SOLAS, Centre for Public Christianity)
"The shortest, the cheapest and in some ways the sharpest book is The Dawkins Letters ...clever, humourous and right to the point." (Ron Ferguson, Life & Work, Church of Scotland magazine)
"This book is a refreshing, excellent read...I wouldn't hesitate to pass this book on to a non-Christian, atheistically-persuaded friend." (Hannah Wooley, Evangelical Magazine, Evangelical Movement of Wales)
This book is a more than useful contribution to the 'Dawkins Debate' and one which has helped me to understand more about the flawed arguments contained within The God Delusion. The book comprises a series of ten letters to Dawkins, the first of which was published on Dawkins' own website, which counter the arguments in Dawkins' book chapter by chapter. Robertson is clearly well-read and marshals his arguments in a balanced and intellectually sound way. But this is not an inaccessible academic treatise; he writes clearly and understandably in such a way that most people will be able to grasp the arguments easily. He avoids the temptation to 'rubbish' Dawkins, just dismantles and challenges his arguments frankly and cohesively. The final letter (to the reader) "Why Believe", contains a very useful and extensive reading list which most will never get to read in entirety but is helpful to have. (Christian Marketplace ~ Resourcing retailers and suppliers)
"...probably the book's greatest triumph is that it doesn't come across as being a knee-jerk polemic right back at Dawkins, but rather a book that deals with bigger atheist arguments (myths) and as such has more value than just for the next few months." (Gary Aston, Youth Pastor, England)
The book does a particularly good job of point out the unending contradictions between what Dawkins wants to believe and what he must actually believe. (Tim Challies ~ Blogger at www.challies.com)
This book is a refreshing, excellent read... I wouldn't hesitate to pass this book on to a non-Christian, atheistically-persuaded friend. (The Evangelical Magazine ~ Published by Evangelical Movement of Wales)
Brief, brilliant and compelling... It is a remarkable apologetic for the Christian faith and an essential tool in winning the battle of ideas. I'd give it ten stars if I could! (Richard Morris, Wesley Owen)
This book is a more than useful contribution to the 'Dawkins Debate.' (Christian Marketplace ~ Resourcing retailers and suppliers)
The content is excellent. It's a fun, engaging read. (Ligon Duncan ~ Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary)
Wow, this is an intelligent and well-crafted view of RD's book. (Response from an atheist on Richard Dawkins Website)
"I have read your manuscript. In a word, it is SUPERB! You really do an extraordinary job." (Samuel Logan ~ International Director, World Reformed Fellowship)
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Where to start? The first half of the book is definitely less persuasive than the latter. One might conjecture that Robertson's understandable irritation with Dawkins slides off into sarcasm and thus dents the force of his presentation. Seriously critiquing Dawkins view of "multiverses" could have been achieved without mockery. Even if, especially at this point, one does think that Dawkins might deserve a dose of his own medicine. Further, the brevity he must deal with each topic to fit his chosen format (short letters), inevitably leads to some shortcuts in his arguments. For example, Robertson doesn't really address some of the real moral problems from reading the Old Testament. This is an area he really should have spent considerably more time on, as it's something one hears more and more often. His letter on this, frankly, comes across as assertion rather than explanation for how Christians view this problematic material. It lacks substance and wanders off into preaching/proclamation rather than tackling the difficulties. This was the most disappointing chapter in the book.Read more ›
Robertson does a superb job of not only addressing the issues that Dawkins' book The God Delusion raises (challenging ad hominem arguments, pointing out logical inconsistencies), but also at taking on wider myths, as he calls them, employed in Atheist rhetoric. It does not come across as a tub-thumpers' wild ravings, but rather as a book that constructively deals with bigger arguments.
If you are a Christian then this is a great book to read to help you talk with atheist friends. Buy a few copies and give them away. Or if you have been challenged by reading The God Delusion then this book will cause you to think again about why you believe what you do believe.
The call often goes out for Christians to dare to read the books of prominent atheists, but having read this I would issue the opposite challenge: If you are an atheist, if you are serious about having your ideas tested and engaging in real debate, I dare you to read the Dawkins Letters.
It is an easy read and makes some good points, but I found Robertson's book very annoying in parts. Again and again, he acknowledges one of Dawkins' points, makes an assertion, does not back it up, then falls back on rhetoric. For example, one of Dawkins' arguments is that the God of the Old Testament is frequently vicious and cruel. Personally, I think it is a good point. I am waiting for Robertson to explain to me how to explain Abraham being ready to kill his son, or Joshua wiping out a nation. But no. This is skated over and we read about a God who is apparently "a God of mercy, justice, beauty, holiness" etc. This is preaching, not argument.
I could give other examples, but this isn't the appropriate forum to continue the debate itself. This book is worth reading, to get a Christian perspective, but its lack of follow-through and intellectual rigour is intensely frustrating. Maybe at some point a Christian will deliver a thought-out, robust reply to Dawkins' arguments. Until then, we can only wait.
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Has the distinction of being one of only two books I've binned in 70+ years. What a load of tosh!Published 6 months ago by Jock the Bear.
The book is a useful alternative view to Richard Dawkins' arguments for atheism ("The God Delusion"). Read morePublished 8 months ago by hilarymay
Challenging reading but endorses my original understandingPublished 13 months ago by Dr. N. WOODRUFF
A very good book for the ordinary person. Very clearly explained and easy to read.Published 15 months ago by Sheepfold
Really good read , really helped to put Dawkins assertions into perspective and debunk the more fanciful points made by Dawkins.Helps to sort fact from fiction .Published 19 months ago by Janet Hine
What a great wee book! It is simply outstanding! It is a must read for anyone who read Dawkins book 'The God Delusion'. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I liked it and it dealt with the subject very well but I found some of the style at times a bit agressive.Published on 21 April 2014 by Malcolm S Hindmarsh