October 31, 2006
There Is No God, And Dawkins Is His Prophet

I was unable to resist picking up Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion this weekend.

Strangely, so far it's mildly disappointing. I've read the first six chapters - including the central fourth chapter, and so far, there's nothing really new to me. It's beautifully written, and the arguments are very well set out - I'd now be able to explain what I mean by God being complex in this discussion rather better than I did, for example - but having read rather a lot of Dawkins, Pinker and Ridley's work in the past, I'm familiar with just about everything that's been covered so far already. I found myself wanting to skip ahead, looking for new material.

Still well worth a read, though. The writing is superb, and if you've not read a lot of the authors I've mentioned above, there's a huge amount to think about here. I'll be buying at least three copies for Christmas.

I wonder if many theists will read it? Somehow, I doubt it. :-(

(Not my title, I'm afraid, but I don't remember where I heard it. It would make a good tee shirt, don't you think?)

Posted to Science and technology by Simon Brunning at October 31, 2006 01:31 PM
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