Dawkins' GOD: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life
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.
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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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A very articulate and well argued riposte to Dawkins' science, from a scientist and theologian (yes, the same person). Read full review