The God Delusion: Richard Dawkins
Random House Audiobooks | ISBN: 1846570379 | 2006-10-05 | PDF (OCR) | 0 pages | 95.37 / 44.15 Mb
Summary: A classic tin soldier polemic
Dawkins eloquently and vindictively triumphs over theism. A victory made possible by taking all non-atheist worldviews as one large target, assuming science as the sole property of the atheist worldview and by attributing extremist acts worldwide to The religious worldview. In this way all theists (including 50 Nobel Lauerates) are lined up shoulder to shoulder with suicide bombers and tarred with the same `earth-bound, unthinking , intellectually dishonest' brush.
. By relying on his oppositions reluctance to likewise lump all atheists in with Stalin, Mao Ze Dong and Pol Pot, and by romantically presenting atheists as a minority under oppression, his case pacts a strong emotional impact. Dawkins `moral prescriptions' approach to the biblical `narrative description' also fuels his outrage.
. We are left powerfully motivated to get involved in preventing the widespread child abuse committed by blind and unthinking parents who stamp their `facile' theism on their young. (I suppose in America the State has outlawed science that suggests intelligent design as a possibility but surely we could do more? And anyway the ID argument suggestion that there could be a god proves it's not real science doesn't it? )
. I personally grew up as an atheist, a worldview I couldn't possibly have picked up from my parents (that would be child abuse). Unlike all those other people, athiests are the only parents who don't communicate any worldview whatsoever to thier children. Because only atheists are evidence based thinkers. Right?
. Dawkins book is essentially a rejection of pluralism and will be welcomed as a good counter-weight to the current extremist assault on the west. I can't help noticing it wasn't St Paul's Cathedral Al Qaeda attacked but the Twin Towers. Perhaps Dawkins book will become the materialists holy book as we continue to impose our goods, government and un-biased worldview on the middle east.
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