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Saturday, January 14, 2012

THE GOD DELUSION by Richard Dawkins

Dawkins covers a lot of good points in this book.
The science was dry reading for me, although necesaary for
setting up his points, and ultimately very informative.
However, the sociological aspects of religion
and belief are where my true interests lie.

There could have been given more sufficient time to
those issues (such as the touched on topics of the
indoctrination of children, the reasons why people
feel they need religion, and addressing the argument
that all morality is linked to religion.)

The one issue I had with the book was
that Dawkins (who is known for his abrasiveness) promotes
that being sexually abused as a child is not quite as traumatic
as being forced religion.

First, Dawkins admits he himself was 'fooled around with' as a kid.
I think he's obviously in denial about the effects of such abuse,
or merely downplaying it for himself, perhaps in an attempt to make
light of the incident. If not, he's truly the coolest damned cucumber
I've ever met.

That notwithstanding, the book's an excellent overview of
the fallacies involving creationism, belief, the Bible and
much more. A great assist for those struggling with
such questions already or looking for a more scientific
basis for already knowing truth.

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