The Dawkins Delusion?

The Dawkins Delusion?


By (author) Alister McGrath, By (author) Joanna Collicutt McGrath

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  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 8mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0281059276
  • ISBN 13: 9780281059270
  • Sales rank: 18,340

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World-renowned scientist Richard Dawkins writes in The God Delusion: ?If this book works as I intend, religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down.? The volume has received wide coverage, fuelled much passionate debate and caused not a little confusion. Alister McGrath is ideally placed to evaluate Dawkins? ideas. Once an atheist himself, he gained a doctorate in molecular biophysics before going on to become a leading Christian theologian. He wonders how two people, who have reflected at length on substantially the same world, could possibly have come to such different conclusions about God. McGrath subjects Dawkins? critique of faith to rigorous scrutiny. His exhilarating, meticulously argued response deals with questions such as: Is faith intellectual nonsense? Are science and religion locked in a battle to the death? Can the roots of Christianity be explained away scientifically? Is Christianity simply a force for evil? This book will be warmly received by those looking for a reliable assessment of The God Delusion and the many questions it raises ? including, above all, the relevance of faith and the quest for meaning.

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ALISTER McGRATH is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. JOANNA COLLICUTT McGRATH is lecturer in the psychology of religion at Heythrop College, University of London.

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Alister McGrath invariably combines enormous scholarship with an accessible and engaging style.' Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury 'Oxford University?s McGrath has distinguished himself not just as an historical theologian, but as a generous and witty writer who brings to life topics that would turn to dust in others? hands.' Publishers Weekly 'Addressing the conclusions of The God Delusion point by point with the devastating insight of a molecular biologist turned theologian, Alister McGrath dismantles the argument that science should lead to atheism, and demonstrates instead that Dawkins has abandoned his much-cherished rationality to embrace an embittered manifesto of dogmatic atheist fundamentalism.' Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project