LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
How to write a bestseller in the busy atheist market? Simple. Inform your readers that this is going to be different (more respectful) than books by Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, or Dennett. Then, write a book that says basically the same things they're saying, without that much difference, but throw in an occasional sneer about "militant" atheists. Overall, not a bad book, but a bit disappointing; I feel the author could have done his homework a bit better on some topics. Also, his brand of strong determinism is a bit too much when one is led to believe that, if he knows your genotype and your "behavioral type" (like we have any idea at all how to determine that with our current state of knowledge), he can predict every decision you will make. I pondered this as I was deciding mustard or mayonnaise on my sandwich, and decided he might be right, but he'd presented no evidence to that effect. Also, he has a bad habit when discussing the gospels of stating that there is "strong evidence" to support a historical Jesus - but never presents any of it, just leaving the reader to take his word for it in a book ostensibly about critical thinking. No matter what position a person holds on that question, this has to be intellectually unsatisfying, and it is a fairly regular technique, not just on that particular question, but on several others, as well. Overall, a rather weakish entry in the genre, and probably not much more acceptable to believers than the books of Dawkins, Hitchens, et al., for all his protestations of being less "shrill" (in this particular genre, shrill usually just means the person calling you that disagrees with you, so this author will no doubt receive the shrill designation from any believers, should they happen to read the book).
Review: Decoding the Language of God: Can a Scientist Really Be a Believer?User Review - Goodreads
A solid point-by-point refutation of Francis Collin's claims about his faith in a personal god being compatible with science. Thorough and easy to read, with only minor mistakes. I did find the author ...