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December 11, 2006

"The God Delusion"

John Bambenek, writing at Blogger News Network, has a devastating review of Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion. What some are hailing as a defense of reason, Bambenek shows to be what he calls, "a rehash of pop philosophy and loosely strung together anecdotes, half-truths, and outright falsehoods". Well worth reading.

Posted by Doug at December 11, 2006 09:19 PM

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Yes, the review is excellent. I have not read Dawkins book, but this is the same sermon he has been preaching for many years. As the reviewer notes, it is trivially easy to cherry-pick facts -especially historical anecdotes where the facts have become obscured in favor of the popular assumption (see, Crusades, Inquisition, and Puritans)- to fit ones point. All of us who were humanities majors in college know how easy it is to construct an argument from three good facts and a story. As Robert Klein once joked, "Hey, it looks like a C+ already!"

Posted by: Assistant Village Idiot at December 11, 2006 11:21 PM