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on 11 October 2013
Despite some very perceptive analysis of the failure of the Western media and left-wing intellectuals to appreciate the true and present dangers presented by the fascist ideology of fundamentalist Islam, Phillips general thesis in this book fails on a number of levels.
Her attack upon atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens demonstrates a lamentable misunderstanding of the atheist position. Atheism is not just another set of unsupported ideological beliefs, in fact it is quite the opposite.
Of course, no scientist would disagree with her assertion that science cannot presently, and may never, answer all the questions we are capable of asking, but it does not follow that therefore, there must be a different kind of truth about the universe which implies the existence of some supernatural intelligence which is required to give meaning to existence. Equally, her attack upon evolutionary biology demonstrates a surprising ignorance of the facts, which leads her to some unsupported and invalid assertions regarding creationism.
She is however, to be congratulated for for some very erudite conclusions regarding the immense dangers to Western civilisation from the many manifestations of political-correctness and moral and cultural relativism. A society unprepared to vigorously defend its own culture, traditions and values, is I fear, a culture unlikely to survive.
Altogether, this is an uneven and Judaic centered view of the universe, which because coloured by a bias in favour of the values of Judaism, fails to comprehend the validity of scientific rationalism, or the illogicality of choosing one monotheistic sky-god over another. This is a great shame, as I'd always thought of Phillips as a fellow traveller in the battle against superstition and faith-based tyranny.