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The God Delusion Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 18, 2006
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The author is very insightful and I like his style of writing, often times times sarcastic, but always very smart and appealing to logic and reason.
I found this book very educational and super interesting and has helped me solidify my beliefs with stronger arguments.
And I also believe that any of those shall be free to exist as long as they do not force anyone to chose or providing no choice. Darkness can only be removed by light, any other ways will only make it stronger. So let's keep an open mind and use logic and evidence to push mankind forward altogether.
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I agree with the assertion, and I admire the science. But I do not consider it possible for science ever to realise what I call the nucleus of life. To me, science is like the innocent kitten fighting its mirror image. Genuine and clever but that blocks its progress by insisting on empirical evidence where there is none to have from a mirror image.
Western Christian Religion though is a treacherous mind virus that betrayed the original knowledge in exchange for the power of a pervasive power hierarchy and financial gain. I suggest a different perspective though that maybe you have not experienced before.
Evolution over Creationism, I suggest they are mutually the same from a physical perspective; the so-called Big bang started somewhere as did the so-called God intelligent designer. Just because we do not know the answers directly in our manifested world, does not automatically imply support for the core argument of the book. Namely, God does not exist.
I do not like to use the word 'God' because of the status Assumed in today's world has become so twisted and mocked it is meaningless. As stated in the book, there had been many Gods, and the author took the last one out of the equation. Richard Dawkins is like many humans in today's world they do not know who they are! There is a subtle issue that slips past his intellect and slips past most; he is not alone. Dawkins advocates that humans are just meaningless chances that come from a zillion chances of evolution. If anybody were to ask Richard Dawkins to identify himself, he would point to a passport or a driving licence or some other equivalent document. The subtle slip that seems lost is that these documents are the property of another legal entity linked to the Catholic Church. Essentially Dawkins is stating that he is the property of the Catholic Church! So, after all, his hard work he still claims to be the property of the Catholic church. The irony!
From a purely rational perspective, Dawkins fails miserably. If you already agree with his basic premise, don’t bother with the book: it advances the argument against religion not at all.
Dawkins' arguments are sound and I'd agree with them, however my problem is purely the style of the writing. To me it just comes across as holier than thou (pardon the pun!) and whilst reading it I can hear a pompous school teacher's voice in my head. All in all I've found it very hard going, and still have over 100 hundred pages to go.
On a typical long haul flight I can usually manage well over 200 pages, I barely touched this as it is just so heavy going.
Whatever we can find faults or facts about religion, it will still plainly be like two persons falling in love. Come up with tons of research, and, through centuries, the little girl or boy will still follow the whispers of her or his hormones.
So, maybe the next research is to thwart the beliefs in hormones.
Dawkins does a sterling job. Though in my case he is "preaching to the converted" as I am a non-believer.