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Breaking the Spell by Daniel C. Dennett
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Read in May, 2010

Dr. Dennett's book left a little to be desired. Can science study religion? Interesting topic indeed but Dr. Dennett in many instances took the scenic route to get to his points. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the book:

Strengths:
1. Interesting topics
2. Introduction of new ideas
3. Well informed and intelligent author
4. Good overall organization of book
5. Makes good overall points
6. The third of three sections was the best part of the book

Weaknesses
1. It wasn't a fun, smooth read
2. Took too long to get to points
3. Too restrained, let loose Dr. Dennett
4. Scientifically shallow
5. Lacked conviction

A mild recommendation. Slightly disappointed. In summary, Dr. Dennett claims that religion should be looked at scientifically and that it is no longer above criticism.
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