Dawkins and Delusion

I’ve recently got hold a copy of Richard Dawkin’s book, the God Delusion. I know that I am unlikely to agree with it!, but feel it is appropriate to read the arguments of someone who argues so passionately against something which is so important to me. I hope to give it a fair reading, although it is hard for any of us to avoid bringing our bias to a subject.

Time to read is limited when you have a young child – so I’ve only read the first two chapters so far. From what I have read, though I have to say that although Richard Dawkins is clearly a highly intelligent person, and an excellent author and communicator, the fallacies or weaknesses in his arguments are not too hard to sport. For all of us (me included) a strong bias blinds us to being able to see other perspectives or possibilities. As a leading spokesman for atheism I therefore feel that his case against God is somewhat poor.

There are many others who have pointed out the faults in his books and arguments – and have done so more eloquently than I can. I am not willing to leave him unanswered personally, however, so I intend to do a series of blogs looking at perhaps one of the issues discussed in each chapter, once I’ve read them.

I’d better get a move on with the first two then!

3 Responses to “Dawkins and Delusion”

  1. Peter Doyle Says:

    G’day Geraint!

    “Never in the fields of science or history have so many facts owed so much to so few – and to an author’s vivid imagination.

    Richard Dawkins is an interesting character. It’s extremely hard to understand how his (by his own convoluted admission) essentially meaningless belief system can generate such a tremendous amount of personal purpose and meaning, devoted entirely to convincing every single last one of us that essentially there is no purpose or meaning. Or at least not in their traditional, readily comprehensible forms – meaningless meaning will surely remain an elusive notion to most of us…”

    peterdoyle.net

  2. M.A.C. Says:

    I guess guys like Richard Dawkins are fueled beside the fact that Christianity itself is divided. “Denominational Divergence” has assured that fact and has left much room for reproach…

  3. Neil Wyrick Says:

    I have always believed that I can never quite understand another persons point of view until I try to walk in their shoes and aim in their direction for awhile. It is what struck me about your opening comment and follow through.

    Good job.

    Neil W

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