God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist
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God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

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Throughout history, arguments for and against the existence of God have been largely confined to philosophy and theology, while science has sat on the sidelines. Despite the fact that science has revolutionized every aspect of human life and greatly clarified our understanding of the world, somehow the notion has arisen that it has nothing to say about the possibility of a...more
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Manny
I have become very interested in the faith/science debate, and over the last couple of years have read a fair number of books about it. This one felt a little like the atheist version of Collins's The Language of God. The title suggests that you're going to get a rant, but Stenger is no ignorant ranter. He comes across as a charming retired scientist who loves his grandchildren, reads widely, and is justifiably a little proud of his distinguished career in physics. He has written this book to co...more
Yamen Zawal
أعجبتني حيادية الكاتب، وأسلوبه العلمي البحت بمناقشة الامور حتى لا تكاد تميز هويته أحياناً، بعض الأشياء لم أستطيع فهمها تماماً وخاصة في بداية الكتاب.
اطلاعه على الإسلام (ولو كان بسيطاً) زاد من أهمية الكتاب.
حاول اثبات عدم وجود الله ولكن دون إهانة لله أو للمؤمنين به و دون إهانة اي مقدس كما يفعل ملحدي العرب، لذلك استحق كل احترام.
لاحظت بين السطور محاولة مضنية في العثور على الله دون طائل. فالكاتب لم يلحد لأجل الإلحاد وما يتبعه، بل ألحد بعد إخفاقه في العثور على الله.
suleiman quraan
بداية تذكرت أن قبل ٥٠٠ عام لم يكن بالإمكان إثبات وجود الجراثيم فهل هذا يعني أن الجراثيم لم تكن موجودة في ذلك الوقت وهذا مدخل غبي ان الله بما انه لا يمكن تحديده فهو غير موجود ولا يخضع للأولويات في البحث العلمي.

أخذ أقوال الفلاسفة بأن الله غير كامل ان كانت صنعته غير كاملة مضحك وليس مجال لنقاش علمي وكذلك خلق صخرة لا يحملها لا اعتبره تفكيرا وإنما فسططة وهو لا يتبع مباديء المنطق الذي يدعي اتباعها بل نتائج يريد الوصول إليها ومنها يخترع تصنيفات يدعي أنها منطقية توصله للنتيجة التي لا يقبل غيرها.

الحجة ا...more
G. Branden
Much better than I expected.

I was prepared for a humanist rant. No doubt that's exactly how many people will receive this title--particularly those who don't bother to read it. (The same goes for this review, since the four stars are plainly visible above.)

Rather than fulminating, retired physicist Stenger proposes to undertake a scientific exploration of the God concept, and consider the evidence for or against this proposition.

George H. Smith, who wrote Atheism: The Case Against God decades a...more
Tim
Proof that atheism is hot -- at least from the perspective of bookstores -- hit me in the local national chain bookstore. Just a few feet from the front door sits a center cap of new releases on sale. Amongst the dozen or so selections -- Victor Stenger's God: The Failed Hypothesis . Considering the religious and political views of the state in which I reside, that is a bold move. A significant portion of the population might well consider the placement of Stenger's book as flaunting the devil's...more
Misha
ვ.სტენგერის წიგნმა "ღმერთი, - არ შემდგარი ჰიპოთეზები" ალბათ ათეისტის წიგნების თაროზე მნიშვნელოვანი ადგილი უნდა დაიკავოს. ეს ის იშვიათი შემთხვევაა როცა ავტორი ღმერთს განიხილავს როგორც მეცნიერულ ჰიპოთეზას და შემდეგ მეცნიერულივე მეთოდით აჩვენებს რომ სულ ცოტა სამი უდიდესი მონოთეისტური რელიგიის ღმერთი (იუდაიზმის, ქრისტიანული ისლამური) არ არსებობს. გავრცელებული რწმენით მეცნიერება ვერაფერს იტყვის ზებუნებრივზე, მას არ შეუძლია ღმერთის არსებობა ან არარსებობა დაამტკიცოს. ფართო პუბლიკის გარდა, ამ მოსაზრებას...more
Mark
Dr. Stenger does an excellent job of pointing out that propositions such as “God exists” can actually be studied rationally, and answered intelligibly. With such questions as “Does God exist?” typically come problems concerning wishful thinking, false causes and dilemmas, question-begging and the like. Dr. Stenger points out an obvious but often forgotten fact: all of our scientific knowledge is based not on deductive logic but on inductive logic; that is to say that the concept of truth that we...more
David
This book is an excellent addition to the literature by the "New Atheists". Stenger is a physicist, and he brings a lot of credibility to his arguments. Rather than simply summarizing the debate as stated by others, Stenger brings some new ideas and developments to the debate.

The anthropic principle states that the fundamental physical parameters that govern the laws of physics seem to be fine-tuned, to be "just right" for the development of life. Previous authors have stated that if the parame...more
Jon Edward
Mar 13, 2010 Jon Edward rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who fears secular humanism
The debate would appear to be settled. There is no God. Now, perhaps we can all get on with the business of building as just a society we can in a world with immeasurable natural beauty without looking for fear or inspiration from a non-existent deity.

Stenger calls on a huge volume of sources to make his case. He tries very hard to find something, anything in the Universe that would require the supernatural to describe. He finds nothing. No serious study has ever been able to find anything. At s...more
mohamed nabil
يحاول الكاتب من خلاله ان يثبت بالعلم وبالفيزياء التى هو استاذ فيها انه لا يوجد اله لهذا الكوكب ولكونه متمكن في هذه الجزئيه فقد وهب لها اكثر من ثلثه ارباع الكتاب والتى ارى انه ليس من اختصاصنا الرد عليها لاننا لسنا متخصصين ف هذا المجال
ولكن الاهم هو باقي الادله التى ذكرها والتى يحاول من خلالها التشكيك من وجود الله ويستند الى الكليات وهو ان الله كلي العلم كلى القدره كلي الخير ويسرد ادله عن ان الدين هو السبب في جميع حروب العالم وفي الحقيقه هو انهم يستغلون الدين في قياده الجهلاء من اجل تحقيق اهداف شخ...more
Aaron
The best of the "neo-atheist" books, in my opinion. Basically the book attacks the notion that science and religion are "non-overlapping magisteria" to quote Steven Jay Gould. He points out that Judeo-Christian religions make claims that are scientifically testable, such as that prayer has an influence on the world. Stenger isn't overzealous: he understands that he is merely showing that there is an utter lack of evidence for the "Personal God" of the western tradition that interferes with human...more
Mike
Ok....imagine a universe without god. Now picture this one. But I repeat myself.

Paraphrasing very loosely, that's the thesis here.

I read this book from the library, thereby depriving myself of the loveliest part, which is a beautifullly haunting photo of the earth from space.

The book is OK. Turns out that I value reading good writing more than I would have guessed, as I give this book two stars more for its pedestrian writing style than for its content. It has all the charm of a sink. This du...more
Daniel
Ya' know, I'm starting to think maybe this whole God thing isn't all true.

Well, I've always felt that way with almost 100% confidence, but after reading God: The Failed Hypothesis, I am truly sure that this can be proven. This book is extremely comprehensive. As far as I know, it covers every single argument for the existence of God, and completely demolishes all of them. Not only this, but as the title suggests, it actually proves that god does not, and (perhaps more importantly) cannot exist....more
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God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist by Victor Stenger

God: The Failed Hypothesis is a provocative book that contends that if God exists science should find objective evidence for it. Physicist Victor Stenger uses his background in science to create a hypothesis based on claims of God's existence. This 310-page book is composed the following ten chapters: 1. Models and Methods, 2. The Illusion of Design, 3. Searching for a World beyond Matter, 4. Cosmic Evidence,...more
Scott
Apr 06, 2008 Scott rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scientists who have a strong belief in God
For the most part this book was very objective and clear. It lacked the arrogance of a Richard Dawkins book which I think only helps Stenger's case. However, I feel this book would be lost anyone who isn't already a scientist because the book is more a bulleted list of theories he says disproves God existence due to lack of evidence otherwise, only referring to other works on physics, cosmology, and evolution. It would take a dedicated layperson to research his hundreds of annotations.

With that...more
Nancy
The punch line is RIGHT IN THE TITLE! I hope that doesn't spoil things for you.

The beauty of this book is that it's for everyone. If you want to believe in god, you just counter every argument with: "Yeah, but god can do whatever he wants." Or "Science schmience." However, if you're at all skeptical of this whole god thing, it kind of spells out how ludicrous the notion is that there is a kindly human-shaped creator to this massive universe, who stuck us on a tiny speck on the edge, who we expe...more
chad
Believe it or not, the author actually does make a scientific case against the existence of God - which something most people believe to be impossible. Whether or not he is successful is up to you. At first I thought it was just another psuedoscience punditry book disguised as scientific ("The Case for a Creator", etc.), but I was intrigued enough by the boldness of the title that I decided to give it a try. If you're into non-fiction science type books, add this to your list because it goes at...more
Rama
How do we reconcile our existence with God's creation?

This book appears to capitalize on the much publicized controversy regarding the teaching of Biblical evolution, referred to as intelligent design, as a biology subject. In the federal trial of Tammy Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District during the fall of 2005, Professor Behe of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a leading proponent of intelligent design gave significant muscle to the argument of fundamentalist Christians that c...more
Dan Arel
This book lays out clearly and easily the scientific evidence that proves that the God of Abraham is not real. This book doesnt spend much time discussing a "creator" and focuses on the 3 main religions and their God.

Using science, case studies and countless research papers, the book offers up easy to understand points of discussion on the subject of God.

Only in 1 chapter on evil did I feel the book got to far away from science, but he quickly reeled it back in and the book ended on a very high...more
Ninda Nabila
well, i still read this.
i know this book from one of my pen pal in chicago, and she told me I'm gonna love this book. First of all, the title's kinda scared me. Hehe.
They claim that matters of faith, belief and miracles are not amenable to logic or the scientific method because they are outside science itself.
Well, i just do a reading, doesn't mean i meant it.

Still, I do believe that God's there, watching me and all of us bitching around..
Koen Crolla
Muddled and disappointing. Stenger's premise is that all mainstream religions—and particularly the Abrahamic ones, which he calls ``the great monotheisms''—make loads of testable predictions about the real world and that Gould's NOMA is a crock of shit, and that's obviously true; his follow-through, however, isn't what it should be.
Though most of his actual arguments are correct—it would be sad if they weren't, given how trivially easy the question of religion is—they're often delivered in an un...more
Jeanette
Jan 27, 2008 Jeanette rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: open-minded people willing to look at alternatives to their cherished beliefs
The most difficult parts of this book to read were actually the most helpful for me. I had to re-read the parts that were heavy on physics, but I finally have a reasonably plausible explanation for how this universe and our planet and everything on it could have developed without the existence of a "supreme being" out there orchestrating everything.
Jason
Most of the new atheist books I have read have been very poor. This book is a notable exception to that trend. I agree with the approach taken by the author on the question of the existence of God, although I have come to a different conclusion on the matter. Two reasons it only got 3 stars instead of 5. The first one was the continual altering of counter arguments. Many times instead of dealing directly with the thesitic arguments, he alters them to make them easy targets. What made it worse wa...more
Marije

Useful collection of empirical evidence, a little short on words and subtlety

Braintraining

Stenger has a great talent: he is able to translate complicated science into enjoyable reading material.
He mentions somewhere that everyone with an undergraduate understanding of physics (or math?) should be able to understand him. Unfortunately, my education in the exact sciences halted after high school.

There are three chapters in this book that are particularly concerned with this part of science.
Chapte...more
Vince Darcangelo
http://archive.boulderweekly.com/0315...

This review originally appeared in the BOULDER WEEKLY

God is (or rather isn't) in the details
CU professor Victor J. Stenger searches for evidence of a higher power in his new bestseller. Is it time to issue a theological Amber Alert?
by Vince Darcangelo

For more than four decades physicist Victor J. Stenger has explored that which is undetectable by the human eye. Prior to retiring in 2000, he was a leading researcher in the area of particle physics, a bran...more
Marcel
This books seems rather conflicted as to what its target audience is.
While the writing style is very clear and "readable" enough to keep you reading as long as you're the slightest bit interested in the topic, especially the physics topics require a lot of previous knowledge and feel more like a check list with brief explanations than an actual explanation for the layman.

I've followed the atheist discussion on youtube rather closely, and while the intellectual level there fluctuates greatly, mos...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
God: The Failed Hypothesis is the most provocative book I’ve read proving the non-existence of God!

Author Stenger brilliantly base his conclusions using math and scientific models.

What I liked about God: The Failed Hypothesis is how the author first teaches us how science works so that we aren’t confused about what we’ve read. The author, unlike most authors who expect readers to have some knowledge of the subject they’re writing about before picking up their books, Stenger doesn’t make this ass...more
Gendou
My curiosity was piqued when I learned (thanks David) that this book explores the teleological implication arising from the fine-tuning of the constants of physics.

Sadly, I didn't feel like my questions were answered satisfactorily.
Stenger makes some claims that I don't even buy into, like that the universe has a net zero energy.
While gravitational energy does counter mass-energy, I am not convinced that we can call the net energy zero.
The cosmological constant is nearly but not quite zero, so i...more
Jien
I love this book. It is well written, clear, and very scientific. After reading a great deal about this subject, I can really see that though this is written for a layperson, it also requires a well-educated person to really grasp many of the specific details. Stenger refreshingly does not spend enormous amounts of time explaining every aspect of his subject. He explains enough for a smart reader to get it, and then moves on. It was nice to read a book that actually required my brain to be an ac...more
Bilal Quadri
This book excellently illustrates with logic and science that although the existence of every imaginable god cannot be scientifically disproven, the existence of a god with certain qualities can. Under the heading "Gods who disagree with the data", physicist Victor Stenger shows that science can disprove the existence of "1. a God who is responsible for the complex structure of the world", 2. "a god who has given humans immortal souls", 3. "A god whose interactions with humans, including miracul...more
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Victor John Stenger is an American particle physicist, outspoken atheist and author, now active in philosophy and popular religious skepticism.

As of June 2010, he has published nine books for general audiences on physics, quantum mechanics, cosmology, philosophy, religion, atheism, and pseudoscience, the latest of which include The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason, which was rele...more
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