A friend sent me an advance copy of Richard Dawkin’s new book, The God Delusion, a couple weeks ago. I finally finished reading it yesterday…
It is good. Very good. I wish it was around my freshman year of high school– it would’ve provided a lot of confidence to me at a time when my doubts about religion were just forming. Having been an atheist for almost ten years now, I thought I already knew the main arguments in favor of atheism, and yet as I read the book, there were at least four or five separate occasions where I just reread a passage, stunned, by an argument that made so much sense I couldn’t believe I had never considered it.
The book is out next month. Go buy it or borrow it. I don’t know if many religious people will read the book… they might be turned off by the title and not even give the book a chance. But I would like to know what a Christian’s response would be to the various arguments.
In the past fews years, I’ve read a number of books and articles that criticize Christian arguments for God. Some focus on the “proofs” of God and others rip on the accuracy of the Bible. But I rarely see any Christian books that dispose of arguments against religion in a way that doesn’t resort to saying “The Bible Is Always Right.” Then again, before the authors could do that, they’d have to understand what atheists actually believe, and I have yet to see an accurate representation of atheists in Christian literature.
On another note, the release of the book coincides with the start of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, an organization with a mission to promote rational thinking, original research, and perhaps most importantly, “Charitable giving by secularists to humanitarian good causes” (in other words, they’ll give money to, say, victims of natural disasters, without trying to evangelize/preach/attach religious strings to the money).
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