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The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book., 18 Dec. 2012
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This book is an excellent tool for a budding apologist.

Christians should not be afraid of reading this, and rate it negatively because they disagree. It required a lot of time and effort in it's composition, and does not deserve a poor rating. It is a good book.

However, this book does not provide justification for an Atheist worldview.

The arguments from Chapter 3 are caricatures of the present day arguments.

"The central argument of the book" 'The Ultimate Boeing 747 Argument's premises do not grant that "therefore God almost certainly does not exist". Even if each of the premises are true (we always come back to the "who designed the designer?" point, which is basically day 1 of metaphysics and is easily dealt with) the 747 argument only warrants that therefore we should not believe in God based on an Argument from Design. For the Christian, this is a non-issue.
Have a sneaky read of Francis Collins in dealing with evolution.

A number Bible ethics are certainly misrepresented, or plainly false, the most obvious of which the "love another Jew" segment.
Most likely stemming from Leviticus 19:18 . Cool. Read the next page, verse 33 and 34.

However, I'll definitely be studying some Old Testament ethics after reading Dawkins.

Use this book as a tool to learn. I found it quite amusing that a number of apologetics courses give you The God Delusion on the first day.
Christians, engage with it. Use it to deepen your understanding of what you believe.

And everyone else - do not take what Dawkins claims at face value, when it comes to morality, arguments for God, and Bible ethics. Generally the philosophy isn't that solid, and I would propose reading some Nietzsche and Sartre.

The arguments against religion are solid, if they were taken as arguments against the nature of man.
Beyond Good and Evil, and The Gay science, make a number of points on the implications of Atheism, if "God is dead" - philosophy that Dawkins is apparently unaware of. I suggest everybody considers this.

Get the book. But do not be smug about it's contents - either side.

"Cruel and evil people can be found in every century and of every persuasion."
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The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
by Francis Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read - worthwhile., 18 Dec. 2012
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Didn't take too long to flick through these things. Book for the layman.

Excellent critique of a "God of the gaps" mentality.

"I find it hard to believe that scientific truth, and spiritual truth, could contradict each other.
Truth is truth. Truth cannot disprove truth."


The Reason for God
The Reason for God
by Timothy Keller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid., 18 Dec. 2012
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There's a wide range of topic covered here, all quite satisfying.
I'm happy.
This book isn't a waste of money.


Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target: A Critique of the New Atheism
Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target: A Critique of the New Atheism
by John C. Lennox
Edition: Paperback
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid., 18 Dec. 2012
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So these past few weeks I've been reading from both sides of the story - Dawkins/Hitchens/Dennett etc, and Craig/Lennox/Platinga etc.

This book isn't massive, but it is solid. Not a lot of fluff talk.

Good points on the dangers of unwarranted generalisations when it comes to religion - grouping the peace-loving Amish with Islamic extremists etc.
Critique of warning against "mild and moderate religion" and then expecting a discrimination between mild to moderate atheism.
Critique of equating organised Christendom, and things humans are responsible for, with God himself.
Points on the Christian faith itself repudiating violence + religious exploitation etc.
Don't forget the 20th century
Very solid point on moral groundings, and the apparent incongruity between Dawkins claim that evil does not exist, then reprimanding a number of things he considers evil.
Smart bit of David Hume.
And Dawkins Old Testament exposition - makes clear a number of blunders.

There's a bunch of other stuff in there, all quite good. This book should be read more than once, take a few notes.
It draws from a range of sources, getting in there with Neitzsche, Sartre - all the good stuff.

It's not even expensive, get yourself a copy.


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