Saturday, December 30, 2006

dawkins


I've been reading the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
Scot McKnight is blogging through the book. The link above is to his most recent posting (#5 in the series).
I have not been impressed with Dawkins at all in this book. Some of his previous books have been interesting... but this one seems like the rant of an angry man.

It is perhaps his weakest book to date, marred by its excessive reliance on bold assertion and rhetorical flourish. Dawkins, in this book, demands the eradication of religion. Only when it is eliminated can the human race be secure! Get rid of religion, and the world will be a better place.

Dawkins considers all faith to be blind faith, and that Christian and Muslim children are brought up to believe unquestioningly. I don't know any like that. (Although I imagine there are a few). For mainstream Christianity - reason, argument and honest doubt have always played an integral role in belief. It's interesting that while Dawkins invites us to question everything, there is not a hint of Dawkins’s own critique of science, objectivity, liberalism, atheism and the like.

For more on Dawkins here is the link to his site.

An interested read early in 2007 is the forth-coming book by Alister McGrath The Dawkins Delusion?

1 comment:

The Righteousness of God said...

I heard this argument: Rid yourself of religion, regardless of type, and you will have a better world. It was thrown in my face while I was doing an apologetic exercise with a non-believer. Got to admit this hit me between the eyes...and it haunted me as there 'seemed' to be a certain amount of truth to this argument.

A bros. of mine at work offered up a great counter argument. It was along the line of pointing out some of the activities of the Godless, athiests in history. Adolf Hitler was one who committed enourmous horrors...Attilla the Hun...etc.

Man without religion can even more dangerous at times! Depratity at it's finest! RoG