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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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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..
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Jan 27, 2008 Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it liked it  ·  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.
Mar 13, 2008 chad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
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
Oct 24, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atheism
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
Apr 06, 2008 Scott rated it liked it  ·  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
Jan 02, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, religion
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
Sep 07, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2009 Jonathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you have more than a basic understanding of science you will not learn anything new from this book. If you have already read a couple of books on atheism and science then you will probably find no arguments that you haven't already been exposed to. However, some of these arguments are presented so clumsily that I became skeptical of a conclusion that I already agreed with prior to reading the book. I can only recommend this book to people who have never read anything on the subject before. Re ...more
May 13, 2009 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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' ...more
Vince Darcangelo

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
Mar 13, 2010 Jed rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 07, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Jun 24, 2011 Book rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atheism-religion
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,
Dan Arel
Jan 02, 2012 Dan Arel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vannessa Anderson
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
G. Branden
Sep 25, 2014 G. Branden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nour Sharif
Ok, let me put this as simply as possible. I have been an Atheist for the last four years, ever since I was an adorable 14 year-old with long beautiful hair, and as I was reading this book, taking the Atheist stance - which is now second nature to me - I was not convinced by what he was saying.
Seriously. Then how about a theist?
The arguments were very brief, not elaborated, not justified and not even given enough examples. Most of the examples are even a mention of someone else's book or essay,
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
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
suleiman quraan
Oct 01, 2013 suleiman quraan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atheism
بداية تذكرت أن قبل 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 الأق
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
If anything, the title is disingenuous.

Stenger is not trying to disprove the concept of a supreme being - just the Judeo-Christian-Islamic God. And he starts with the premise that we can use science to discern supernatural phenomena. But by definition wouldn't supernatural things not follow natural laws and so not be testable by the scientific method? He lays out 5 conditions to evaluate "extraordinary" (supernatural) claims. I'm not sure if he made these up or what. For someone so dedicated to
François B
Aug 01, 2015 François B rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In one word: Weak.

It's quite obvious that Stenger isn't an author per se, which I suppose could excuse his horrible prose. He doesn't have much of an excuse however for taking the time to write this book and yet not taking the time to honestly study at least the basics of classical theology as to familiarize himself enough with the subject matter to be able to avoid conjuring up an army of strawmen to defeat.

I don't know why I put myself through this to be quite honest. I take the time to read t
محمد عمر
May 28, 2016 محمد عمر rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتابِ بسیار عالی و خواندنی، از 338 صفحه و 10 بخش تشکیل شده است که بدین شرح است: الگوها و روش ها- توهمِ پوچِ طراحی- در جستجویِ جهانی فراتر از ماده- شواهدِ کیهانی- جهانی ناخوشایند- کاستی هایِ وحی- تعیینِ ارزش هایِ انسانی- استدلالِ بشر- خدایان- زندگی در جهانی بدونِ خدا
این کتاب به بررسی وجودِ خدا در جهان از دیدگاهِ علم و دانش پرداخته است
دوستانِ گرامی، ما در آسمانِ بالای سرِ خود هیچگاه و در هیچ جایی رخدادی ندیده ایم که در جایی یا زمانی دیگر تکرار نشده باشد و دربارۀ آن با دانشِ طب
Simo Ibourki
Jun 03, 2016 Simo Ibourki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atheism
That's the first time that I read a book written by an atheist and it was really enjoyable, this book makes your mind wonder and think.

I loved the chapter about the problem of evil and the qualities of God in which he discussed the contradictions of the qualities of omnipotence and benevolence attributed to God (at least the abrahamic one) with the existence of suffering and evil (espeacially the unnecessary one).
I also liked the chapter about our place in the universe which adresses the questi
جعفر عيسى
Sep 10, 2016 جعفر عيسى rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
في أول وهلة وأنا أقرأ عنوان الكتاب، كنت أستعد لخوض معركة كبيرة سأواجه فيها زلزال مدمر سيجتاح كياني وقلبي، فالعلم مرعب ومخيف ومهدد بعقلانيته وحساسيته وتجرده وجبروته المادي العظيم، كنت أظن أنه عليّ تجهيز كامل عتادي واسلحتي لخوض هذه الحرب الطاحنة مع المادة. ومع أول جولات الحرب التي لم أتخيلها في عقلي أبدا، تفجائت بأنني أواجه جيش من النمل لا حول ولا قوة له سوى محاولات الصمود التي تنتهي ببعض العصرات بالاصابع، محاولات يائسة، وتقلبات فكرية مهزومة تحاول أن تجد مفرا لعقبات بديهية، لا استطيع وصف اسلوب الك ...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
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