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    Alister McGrath(Author) Joanna Collicutt McGrath(Author)

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World-renowned scientist Richard Dawkins writes in The God Delusion: 'If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down'. The volume has received wide coverage, fuelled much passionate debate and caused not a little confusion. Alister McGrath is ideally placed to evaluate Dawkins' ideas. Once an atheist himself, he gained a doctorate in molecular biophysics before going on to become a leading Christian theologian. He wonders how two people, who have reflected at length on substantially the same world, could possibly have come to such different conclusions about God. McGrath subjects Dawkins' critique of faith to rigorous scrutiny. His exhilarating, meticulously argued response deals with questions such as: Is faith intellectual nonsense? Are science and religion locked in a battle to the death? Can the roots of Christianity be explained away scientifically? Is Christianity simply a force for evil? This book will be warmly received by those looking for a reliable assessment of The God Delusion and the many questions it raises - including, above all, the relevance of faith and the quest for meaning.

. . . a fine, dense, yet very clear account, from [McGrath's] particular Christian perspective, of the full case against Dawkins. --New Scientist (Bryan Appleyard)

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  • By Guest on 18 July 2016

    Maybe a bit defensive, but makes very good points to consider

  • By PsychicSnail on 16 July 2017

    I'm very familiar with Dawkin's God Delusion and was interested to read this for balance. It was disappointing to say the least. Full of ad hominem attacks, and a long sequence of strawman arguments. This adds nothing to the debate and would only be appreciated by a person of faith who wanted seemingly "authoritative" words to justify their beliefs.

  • By D. M. Dugdall on 22 March 2014

    Systematic and analytical - challenges rationally and in a well constructed manner. Well worth reading - sent well packaged and timely as well, so very pleased.

  • By PB on 8 February 2009

    When Dawkins wrote his now infamous book he didn't use science to discredit religious arguments such as creationism and ID, instead he discredited science by turning evolution into a religious argument of his own rather unintelligent design that he evangelically promoted.It is this brand of evangelical science that we don't need, and it is this kind of thing that pushes people away from evolution as a science rather than attracts them to it.In brief, Dawkins flagrantly ignored fundamental scientific questions about evolution, blamed everything organized religion, and said that anybody who doesn't agree with him was a brainwashed spaghetti monster worshiper (You should look up the Spaghetti monster, it comes up a lot when people get stupid about science V religion).Thankfully what we have here in the Dawkins Delusion is an antidote to Dawkins' evangelical brand of science. A book that is not afraid to ask some of the fundamental questions that Dawkins wishes didn't exist, and which points out that you can be sane, religious and scientific all at the same time. It is not an evangelical religious pamphlet denouncing evolution. It doesn't shove conservative religious views down your throat, and it doesn't aim to discredit either Dawkins or evolution. Instead it calmly reminds readers that when one person pushes an idea as hard as Dawkins pushes evolution, and as blindly as he does, then they are a fanatic, and if a person denounces something as hard as Dawkins denounces religion, and basically called those who believes it idiots, then they are intolerant.To sum up. The Dawkins Delusion is a calm, sane, step back from the edge edge of the cliff, and reminder that A) Religion and science can co-exist, and that people who think that they can't as vigorously as Dawkins does as no better than the religious fanatics that they believe that they are fighting.You don't have to like what the The Dawkins Delusion says, and you certainly don't have to believe in it. But it you read Dawkins' book then this book is a must read just so that you can get the other side of the story, because when you refuse to listen to both sides of an argument then you yourself have stepped to far in your beliefs and have become a fanatic.

  • By Olive Blake on 23 October 2015

    Interesting book! Speedy delivery - thanks!

  • By markc215b on 10 August 2015

    Excellent, thank you

  • By savedbygrace on 2 July 2015

    Very readable, it highlights the religious atheism espoused by Dawkins.

  • By Gail Brace on 21 December 2015

    arrived well and has already been read


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