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The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
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Pretty good! Dawkins does a fine job of lining up all the usual arguments for God's existence and shooting them down one by one. He then invokes Darwinism to explain how a scientific model of the world is built.

I think people get caught up on the absolutism that the word 'atheism' implies. Atheism is simply a position that you have found no sound reason to believe in a God or that one might exist, not that you have disproved God. Dawkins doesn't set out to disprove God, he sets out to disprove that there is any kind of reasonable bases for God's existence.

There's the occasional bout of inflammatory and disparaging language towards religions and its adherents e.g. "this is what some theologians really believe" (not verbatim, cbf to find quote) but at the same time one has to empathise with him. Judging only be these reviews, the mind of a theologian really does present a sad state of affairs. The ability to compartmentalise, the use of words like "fallacious", "holes" and "illogical" without providing anything substantive to justify these words and just generally the obsession with treating with undue respect mounds of theological and Christian inspired texts that can be so effortlessly undermined. It's hard to stomach what seems like dishonesty within themselves but then to insist on teaching and spreading their message! Of course theology has some value (probably) but it provides no basis for sound evidence.

My distaste of religion is that it prevents philosophical inquiry and encourages slavish acceptance to a master, impedes progress, provides basis for regressive beliefs, encourages self-loathing and a particular kind of needless grim solemnity.

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July 3, 2016 – Started Reading
July 3, 2016 – Shelved
July 21, 2016 – Finished Reading

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