Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Review of Dawkins' "The God Delusion"

A Mission to Convert
By H. Allen Orr
New York Review of Books - January 11, 2007

Biologist H. Allen Orr offers a thorough, thoughtful review of Dawkins' "The God Delusion."

About time someone with the creds to challenge Dawkins' thinking about religion did a thorough examination of his new book. A long review, and well worth reading, especially since then you don't have to pay for the book.

Unfortunately, Dawkins has become the poster child for the "scientists are all Christian-hating atheists" theme that is the gasoline fueling the so-called "science vs. religion" fires .

Ken Miller has the right idea. In "Finding Darwin's God," he proposes that one can accept the fact of evolution and also be a person of faith. This is a sane position the "intelligent design" creationists try to discredit (at least Phillip E. Johnson, the "Godfather of ID," did in the beginning). The ID "Wedge" strategy was created to drive a wedge between moderate Christians and conservative Christians. According to the Wedge, either you're a supporter of "intelligent design creationism" or you're not a "real Christian." Horse hockey.

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