The GOD Delusion
So one book I picked up lately was ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins.
I’m not going to do a blow by blow account, but give a 20,000 foot overview.
The first few chapters were on the money:
- A Deeply Religious Non-Believer
- The God Hypothesis
- Arguments for God’s Existence
- Why There Almost Certainly is No God
I thought the chapters were well written and Dawkins made his case well.
The next few chapters I had some issues:
- The Roots of Religion
- The Roots of Morality: Why Are We Good?
The chapters were fine, but a heavier read. The part about Cargo Cults made me laugh out loud since I never heard of it before. It just stuck me that someone who was reading this as a believer might just read over these chapters because they were too deep.
- The ‘Good’ Book and the Changing Moral Zeitgeist
- What’s Wrong with Relgion? Why be so Hositle?
These chapters get the book back on track at a level that can hit at the believer in a language that all can understand.
- Childhood, Abuse and the Escape From Religion
- A Much Needed Gap?
I thought the chapters looking at religion as child abuse did not make it’s case well. Some families who are deep down the rabbit hole, I can see it going in that direction, but most people reading this books are not there. I think this chapter needed a lighter (but still hard hitting) touch.
Overall, it was a good read. I’m considering picking up The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution at some point, but not right away.