Sunday, September 28, 2008

Stephen Law Book Club: The God Delusion, chpt 1.

Stephen Law discusses The God Delusion (one chapter each week)

Chapter One: A deeply religious non-believer

I won’t recount the contents of each chapter, as I am assuming you will have read them. Instead I will pull out a few points I think of particular interest. Much of this first chapter is devoted to explaining that while scientists will sometimes talk about God – e.g. Einstein and Hawking both do – they use the word in an unusual way. Einstein, as Dawkins clearly, shows, did not believe in any sort of personal God or creator/designer God, and was perhaps something of a Spinozistic pantheist.

Dawkins next turns his attention to the special reverence and privilege that he believes attaches, quite undeservedly, to religious belief.


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