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Divinity of Doubt: The God Question

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  272 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Vincent Bugliosi, whom many view as the nation’s foremost prosecutor, has successfully taken on, in court or on the pages of his books, the most notorious murderers of the last half century—Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson, and Lee Harvey Oswald.Now, in the most controversial book of his celebrated career, he turns his incomparable prosecutorial eye on the greatest target of a ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Vanguard Press (first published November 15th 2007)
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sara frances
first things first, i had to totally skip the chapter on evolution. i got about five pages in and it was just filled with so much ignorance and general jackassery that i couldn't stand it.

i did find the rest of the book enjoyable but i kept these things in mind:

firstly, Bugliosi clearly loves the sound of his own voice. some of this book kinda reads like him jacking himself off. if people like that annoy the hell outta you, stay clear!

and secondly, he is a lawyer and it shows. he puts a spin on
Mike Rooney
Oct 27, 2011 Mike Rooney rated it it was ok
Bugliosi is an agnostic, thinks agnosticism is intellectually and morally superior to both theism and atheism, and tries to argue as much in this book. I had high expectations that this would be an interesting and entertaining read, but it pretty much let me down. The first major flaw is his incredibly horrible lack of any understanding of the theory of evolution. He touches on evolution because he feels that atheists use it as a major point in their belief system, which is often partially true, ...more
David Mantik
Jul 19, 2011 David Mantik rated it did not like it
This is an egocentric book, too often superficial, and way too often wrong or misleading. Like many narrowly-trained experts before him, Bugliosi mistakenly thinks that his brainpower will succeed outside his area of expertise. He is not trained in biology or physics or cosmology or theology or philosophy or, for that matter, in any specialty that makes him required reading on God’s existence. He even blunders in history, especially in the history of the early church. Inevitably, therefore, his ...more
Rachael Booth
May 06, 2011 Rachael Booth rated it did not like it
As an atheist I was interested to see what Mr. Bugliosi had to say about the subject of God. However, I was taken aback by his take on atheists (they want to destroy religion - untrue) and his take on Charles Darwin and evolution. When he wrote in his book the silly anti-evolution diatribe of "if man evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?" I put the book down. I had no further interest in reading anything he had to say on the subject when he so obviously had so little knowledge on th ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Leftbanker rated it did not like it
Spoiler Alert! There is no god.

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed other books by Vincent Bugliosi, I expected that this book would be a bit interesting. Bugliosi completely embarrasses himself with this book. It turns out that his arguments—especially those directed against atheists—were completely childish and uninteresting. I have heard recently a friend argue from the position that agnosticism is somehow morally and intellectually superior to atheism (although they, too, didn’t seem to have t
Apr 14, 2013 Kate rated it did not like it
This was possibly the most useless book I’ve ever come across. I went into it with high hopes, since the author claimed he was going to examine the “God question” without bias and from a purely rational point of view. He claimed that he is qualified to write such a book because he doesn’t tend to be influenced “by the trappings of reputation, hoopla, conventional wisdom, and so on.” He also leads us to believe that he will present the agnostic point of view—not just that we don’t know enough abo ...more
Dewayne Stark
Mar 12, 2013 Dewayne Stark rated it it was ok
Two stars and I am being nice. Yes he is a yellow pad lawyer that still writes his book long hand and gives his writing to a secretary to type. Yes there are still people that do not use computers and I can't fault him for that. But since he seems to me out of touch with technology his writing can be quite funny at times. Page 68: After eating at George's Italian restaurant for several years and rarely ordering anything besides "spaghetti or mostaccioli" George remembers that Vincent once ate ra ...more
"You know, the atheists, who not only believe but know there is no God are just as silly as those who seem to have no doubt that there is." p. 4

"One doesn't have to beg a good being to be good, one only has to ask a bad being to be good. No? Since the devil is the bad guy, isn't he the one we should be begging for mercy?" p. 6

"If anyone was ever in the corner of a murderer it was God with Simpson." p. 8

"If a man partakes of a cup of liuid froma large barrel and it tastes to him like a certain, d
Nov 03, 2011 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“How can such numbing, staggering stupidity continue without end?”—page 197

Vincent Bugliosi’s rant entitled ‘Divinity of Doubt: The God Question,’ is a pretty remarkable book. After reading just the first sixty pages or so, though, that’s nothing at all like what I was thinking. Instead, I felt compelled to draft a rather scathing review, headed: LAWYERLY TWADDLE, ante up a one-star rating, and postulate that, “Were I in the jury box while he made these arguments verbally, mine
May 15, 2013 Adam rated it did not like it
How does a book published in 2011 manage to read this out of touch?

Bugliosi sets out to firmly carve out a middle path between hardcore theists and atheists, but only attacks one at a time and only with arguments belonging to the other side. Aside from a few statements where Bugliosi lays out the logic of an agnostic stance (which I do agree with) this book seems more like several opposing essays mashed into one binding, one from an atheist, and one from a theist, and neither of them very well
Jul 27, 2011 Riccardo rated it really liked it
Vincent Bugliosi, the attorney that prosecuted Charles Manson, details here the major differences between the believers, agnostics, and athiests. He cites all the inconsistencies contained in the bible and dispels the notion that God is a caring and kind God. His ability to hold up to believers, Christians in particular, their hypocricies of what they choose to believe based on their own personal beliefs; another words: they pick and choose passages in the bible in order to suit their own selfis ...more
Dennis Mitton
Jan 08, 2016 Dennis Mitton rated it it was ok
In search of good agnostic philosophy I tripped against the bookshelves and Bugliosi’s Divinity of Doubt fell into my basket. I wish I had noticed it before I hit the check-out counter. It’s, well, pretty lousy and I could have saved fifteen bucks.

Vincent Bugliosi is a famous, high-profile LA attorney whose success cannot be tied to his ability to make a well-reasoned and cogent argument. And maybe that’s not the purpose of this book. He pokes hard at atheists and theists and hardest by far at C
Mar 29, 2014 Tim rated it liked it
I could probably give this 4 stars, but perhaps I'm becoming a bit jaded to these religious polemics. It's sad that I waste my time and somehow perversely enjoy seeing an author rip up illogical and irrational belief systems.

This book is almost exclusively a shredding of Christianity and a lot less an argument for agnosticism. I was curious to learn how an entire book could be written on agnosticism because it seemed impossible. My impressions may have been correct, as the author spends the bulk
Feb 20, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Bugliosi tackles his most difficult topic yet, sure to face the ire of many, when he argues against the existence of God and all that is Christianity. Taking a highly legalistic and academic approach, he presents strong arguments, providing proofs at every turn, to turn Christianity on its head and dismiss the rational belief in its tenets, as well as the possibility of God's being. Giving credence to the silliness of both theism and atheism, Bugliosi argues that nothing makes sense, even if Chr ...more
Ryan Fisher
Oct 30, 2014 Ryan Fisher rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read as it was a look at faith from an agnostic perspective. I respect that author's conclusions in regards to agnosticism as he admits that the evidence is uncertain and that he is unwilling to consider having 'faith' as an option. That's a tough spot... However, the book was a little weak in that it was largely a biased opinion piece despite the stated authorial intent to be objective. He presented some things in a fair and balanced approach but in other matters of fait ...more
Todd Martin
Jul 23, 2014 Todd Martin rated it did not like it
Divinity of Doubt: The God Question is a laughably bad book. You have to hand it to Vincent Bugliosi (an attorney known for his prosecution of Charles Manson) though, he's not afraid to put his breathtaking ignorance right out there in the open for all to see. Part of the problem seems to stem from his boastful assertions that he doesn’t own or know how to use a computer. It’s a shame; the Google could have saved him from some deeply embarrassing moments.

Anyway, let’s jump right in and address
Barry Sargent
Apr 18, 2015 Barry Sargent rated it did not like it
Horribly researched, if researched at all. The author doesn't seem familiar/knowledgeable with several areas he argues in his book (I mean really - "if we evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?" How can this author criticize evolution when this statement alone shows he doesn't even understand the subject?). The logical fallacies abound in his arguments, of which he spends a great deal of time lambasting others for their use of logical fallacies. His good points are few and far b ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Beverly rated it did not like it
In my opinion Bugliosi ranks as one of the best true crime writers we have, but I cannot say the same about his venture into the genre of religion. Unfortunately I can only recommend this particular book as kindling for your fire. I’m not sure why Bugliosi thought he had something fresh to say in this book that has not been said before. There is nothing new under the sun in this one.
Indeed, it shows a good deal of ignorance on Bugliosi’s part in the areas of philosophy, science, history, theol
Jan 05, 2013 Colt rated it it was ok
I am a fan of Mr. Bugliosi, I enjoy his writing style. Every book of his that I've read, Outrage, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder and Reclaiming History. That being said I picked this book up with great anticipation. Religion alone is difficult enough topic to take on let alone trying to prove or disprove one's point on it. I can appreciate that Mr. Bugliosi tried to argue that all sides of religion with Agnosticism being the most valid (which I agree). However it seems what could b ...more
David Melbie
Jul 28, 2011 David Melbie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to David by: Picked at library
This book was OK. Bugliosi makes a great case for agnosticism, but he makes himself out to be a mere "fence-sitter," while claiming that theists and atheists all got it wrong, or are too extreme in their beliefs. Granted, I can identify with being an agnostic -- claiming that I don't know if God exists or not -- but I try to remain consistent. At one point early on in his book, Bugliosi slips when he mentions the devil and then in parentheses says that he doesn't believe in the existence of the ...more
Carl Martinez
I was surprised I liked this book considering I can't stand Vincent Bugliosi. Bugliosi is a member of the American communist party, reason he garners so much press for the Manson trial he's famous for was the ultra-left panicked when Manson espoused racist views and tattooed a swastika on his forehead and they were afraid the hippie movement was going to turn into a fascistic nazi hate group...and considering most of them were stoned out of their minds that might have happened. So the irony a ma ...more
Candace Rollins
Jul 14, 2014 Candace Rollins rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and felt it addressed many of the questions that I always seem to ponder. It was surprising and gratifying to find another person who claims their religion is The Golden Rule. I have said this many times in discussions concerning organized religion and God and have found more times then not people respond by being perplexed. To me it is simple and absolute and it was nice to find a kindred spirit in a lawyer/author in Los Angeles.
Michael Goldcraft
Mar 28, 2014 Michael Goldcraft rated it it was amazing
Vincent Bugliosi has written an objective book that's not for the dedicated theist or the faint of heart. He provides us a fair and honest warning about the territory he's exploring. Each reader can weigh the evidence he provides. As a professional biologist, I found the book - from my point of view - accurate and also revealing. Exploring the question of whether God exists is a jugular issue right up there with "Why do we exist?" A well written book.
Nov 30, 2012 Dave rated it really liked it
This book is written by an agnostic, so if you are weak spiritually, intellectually or never ponder the philosophical God, this is not a book for you. The author presented his arguments well. The questions are valid; the answers we offer are short on logic and full of contradiction. The author’s problem is he does not distinguish between the self-appointed God brokers and God the deity. There is a significance difference between the deity and methods we use to sell God’s existence. Most argument ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Sylvonna rated it liked it
My rating for this book is a very weak 3 stars...only because I DO like a lot of what he had to say and found myself agreeing with the author on a lot of different points; there were a few ideas he expressed that were long held beliefs of mine that I had a hard time expressing and I found it exciting to read about them and identify them through this book.

Now, that is about the only positive thing I can say. You can tell that this book is written by a lawyer; I appreciate the logic used and it do
Steve Wiggins
Dec 14, 2014 Steve Wiggins rated it really liked it
Very logical. Very compelling. Bugliosi doesn't let either believers or atheists off the hook. An excellent apology for agnosticism. I commented further on his book on my blog: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
Jan 09, 2012 Stasy rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
As an almost-agnostic, I think the the author makes a lot of valid points. That being said, you have to search for the good points and arguments through the personal insults (of both religious and atheistic figures) as well as the ridiculous mocking he does of organized religion. If you want to convince someone to come to your point of view, you have to do so in a way that isn't offensive.

On a side note, whoever edited this book did a very poor job. There were many typos, misspelled words, gram
Jul 31, 2011 Williwaw added it
Shelves: gave-up-on
I thought that it was interesting that Bugliosi wrote a book on this subject. If you don't know who he is, he is a prosecutor who has written books on various subjects, including Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson, the JFK controversy, the Clinton impeachment, etc.

I read the first 50+ pages and I'm impressed with his clarity and the power of his reasoning. I also agree with him 100% about Christopher Hitchens's absolutely stupid and boring book, God is Not Great.

Anyway, I'm not sure if I'll stick with
Jul 30, 2015 Elenute rated it it was amazing
Well written, well researched. Vincent Bugliosi asked some of the questions which have concerned me and which most people don't touch. His sarcasm is appropriate and effective.
Dec 10, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, atheist
Two and a half stars. The chapters dealing with religion are fairly reasonable.
Chapter five forces me to give a low rating. When you cannot be bothered to actually study the issue to determine an actual STANCE on the issue, then I don't understand why other authors are insulted for committing lesser 'crimes.' There are volumes written on evolution, and Bugliosi still comes to the conclusion 'why are there still apes if we evolved from them?'
Insulting and throwing out other authors ideas becaus
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American attorney and author, best known for prosecuting Charles Manson and his followers for the murder of Sharon Tate and others.

In his books he claimed that O.J Simpson and Lee Harvey Oswald were guilty of the crimes they were accused of.

In his latest book he states that George W. Bush should be prosecuted for murder.

Bugliosi lived in Pasadena, CA.
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