Dawkins' GOD: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life

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Wiley, Nov 30, 2004 - Religion - 212 pages
Alister E. McGrath is one of the world’s leading theologians, with a doctorate in the sciences. Richard Dawkins is one of the bestselling popular science writers, with outspoken and controversial views on religion. This fascinating and provoking work is the first book-length response to Dawkins’ ideas, and offers an ideal introduction to the topical issues of science and religion.
  • Addresses fundamental questions about Dawkins’ approach to science and religion: Is the gene actually selfish? Is the blind watchmaker a suitable analogy? Are there other ways of looking at things?
  • Tackles Dawkins’ hostile and controversial views on religion, and examines the religious implications of his scientific ideas, making for a fascinating and provoking debate
  • Written in a very engaging and accessible style, ideal to those approaching scientific and religious issues for the first time
  • Alister McGrath is uniquely qualified to write this book. He is one of the world’s best known and most respected theologians, with a strong research background in molecular biophysics
  • A superb book by one of the world’s leading theologians, which will attract wide interest in the growing popular science market, similar to Susan Blackmore’s The Meme Machine (1999).
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    Dawkins' God is clear and comelling.

    User Review  - Will - Christianbook.com

    McGrath clearly and concisely dismantles Dawkins' assumptions about faith, logic, science, and the Scriptures. Moreover, he demonstrates how Dawkins' fallacious reasoning self-defeats his own ... Read full review

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    Although our worldviews differ, one cannot deny erudite scholarship when one comes across. Even after 20 or 30 pages, one can see that Proffessor McGrath has an intimate knowledge of both evolutionary theory and critical evaluation. He remains proffesional in his tone throughout this short book, which one does not often encounter, and only adds to arguments. As an atheist, I naturally side with Proffessor Dawkins on the debate, for many different reasons. And incidentally, he is my greatest influence on matters of evolution. But that does not mean that I believe everything he writes, unquestionably. I read Dawkins with as critical an eye as I do any author. And in this book, McGrath shows us why we should all do this: even somebody as eminemt as Dawkins is only human, and as such, prone to making mistakes. I`m sure that anybody who read any of Dawkins` books would be able to point out lapses in logic somewhere. But what makes McGraths book important is the subtle errors that he calls attention to; errors so subtle that most of would miss them. Not only is this book a fantastic rebbutal of some of Dawkins` most subtle ideas, it is also a more general lesson that can be extended to spheres outside of literature and persuasion. I highly recommend this to everbody, no matter what their worldview is. 

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    About the author (2004)

    Alister McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. He is a world-renowned theologian, with a strong research background in molecular biophysics, making him uniquely qualified to write this book. He is acclaimed as a highly lucid writer, capable of explaining difficult ideas to lay audiences, and is the author of numerous titles available through Blackwell Publishing including Theology: The Basics, A Brief History of Heaven, Christian Theology: An Introduction 3rd edition, The Christian Theology Reader 2nd edition, and Science and Religion: An Introduction. He is also the author of In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible, and The Re-enchantment of Nature.

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