Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Book Review of Hitchens, Dennett, Harris and Dawkins Books

Book Review of Hitchens, Dennett, Harris and Dawkins Books
Kevin Shrum

Here is my singular book review for the atheistic offerings of the quaternity Christopher Hitchens’, God is Not Great, Daniel Dennett’s, Breaking the Spell, Same Harris’, The End of Faith and Richard Dawkins’, The God Delusion:

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Ps. 14:1) because “men…suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:18-22)

I would like to acknowledge the sources for my review, the Old Testament hymn book, Psalms and the New Testament theology book, Romans. Both books are authored by? God!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, but really how do you know that the bible was authored by God? Because it says so?

The are many historical inaccuracies in the bible, which in my mind, makes it slighlty suspicious as an accurate record of historical events.

What makes the bible true when the Qur'an is wrong? Or for that matter any other book of faith?

It concerns me that young impressionable people are told that it is ok to believe in something without evidence.

Would you buy a used car from a used car salesman based on him saying "Trust me it's ok. Everything is in good condition."

I see no difference bewteen that and religion.

I am not trying to offend you but I sincerely doubt that you even read the above books (mind you I'll forgive you on the Dawkin's one it was kind of boring).

Good luck with everything and by the way... I've have a used car for sale, interested?

Keith Viles

Graham said...

If there was a god(ess) I suspect (s)he would be a triffle embarassed that you seem incapable of using the brain which (s)he gave to you.

One might even think that (s)he would be more proud of the better use made of their brains by his/her creations who authored these books that you claim to review.

Did you actually read and understand any of them? I hope for your own sake that one day you are able to free your thoughts from the tyranny and oppression of fundamentalist brainwashing. It seems like such a waste. Best of luck with this challenge.

Jason said...

Keith, your logic that you use trying to equate a car salesman to God is quite flawed. I personally know Kevin and I also know that what the Bible says for a fact 100% is true. There has not been one person ever that has been able to disprove the Bible. It has been proven true by many individuals and it also has proven itself true. Non-Christian Historians that were alive during the time of writing the Bible has even proved it as being true. The argument and burden of proof lies on you and Graham to prove Kevin wrong not just say he is wrong or uninformed.

Also when it comes to books and the authors of books what they write logically should be given the benefit of the doubt that the individual knows what they are talking about and what they are writing is in fact correct. All four of these writers have been proven wrong by not only the Bible but also by many individuals that are alive today that have spent time reading them and knowing the arguments that they present.

Also just because Christianity is not all inclusive and is exclusionary by nature does not make it false. It is exclusionary because it says that the way to God is through Christ not by being a good person and if you think that is wrong than that is something that in the end you will have to answer for. Only God can change the hearts of the unregenerate.

Jason said...

Also Keith I am not sure what Historical inaccuracies you speak of but I can tell you right now that there are no Inaccuracies in the Bible. It seems to me that you have not thoroughly done your research because if you had you would know this.

Anonymous said...

Jason,

I haven't read one study/report/record which proved the bible to be "true".

Historical inaccuricies found in the bible include but are not limited to:

The creation theory

The worldwide flood

the subsequent repopulation of the Earth from the animals on the ark.

Thw tower of babel... on and on...

Before we get into a shouting match here Jason. I don't really care what you believe. I don't at all.

Your belief in the bible is only justifiable to yourself and you don't need to defend it to me or anybody else.

My only issue is: When you believe that your belief is the only belief, press this belief on other people, and specifically tell them not to be critical of it you really are doing yourself and your belief a disservice.

However, I do think there is merit in trying to present and support your belief in a critical and scientific way. I would think it would be in any christian's main interest to scientifically prove God.

If you would like to enter a discussion regarding this and belief in general post back and let me know and I will give you my email address.

Anyway... you may be right... I may be wrong. That's the problem with a supernatural being, it's really hard to get a photograph of him :)

I would like to believe though that if if there is a God and you do live your life as a good person then in his infinite wisdom and compassion he would be able to forgive you.

Best of luck

Keith Viles

Anonymous said...

That’s unbelievable. Here I’ve been told by all these well educated and informed atheist friends of mine that there are many historical inaccuracies in the bible, but it turns out they're only referring to passages employing metaphors. It figures. Every atheist I've ever know (and I know far more atheists than people of faith) has always portrayed himself or herself as representing fact and reason. I've read Dawkins and Harris. Let me explain some thing anyone with more than half a chimp-evolved brain can tell from reading them. They don't care about religion; they care about selling books and being the ideological new gods. Have you actually read Harris or Dawkins, or do you just automatically conform to their views because they use the term atheist to describe themselves. Their work is full of circular arguments that are no better than the arguments they are railing against. They speak with the militant fervor of Adolph Hitler, using all religion as the new "Jew". Perhaps you should review their work before defending their obviously misguided attempts to force others to their views. Faith or non-faith isn’t the problem in this world. Saying that only "My untestable, unprovable idea" is more right than anyone else's is the problem. Atheists are just as guilty of fundamentalist force-feeding as any other belief structure. No one is immune to ideological bigotry, not even atheist.

Anonymous said...

That’s unbelievable. Here I’ve been told by all these well educated and informed atheist friends of mine that there are many historical inaccuracies in the bible, but it turns out they're only referring to passages employing metaphors. It figures. Every atheist I've ever know (and I know far more atheists than people of faith) has always portrayed himself or herself as representing fact and reason. I've read Dawkins and Harris. Let me explain some thing anyone with more than half a chimp-evolved brain can tell from reading them. They don't care about religion; they care about selling books and being the ideological new gods. Have you actually read Harris or Dawkins, or do you just automatically conform to their views because they use the term atheist to describe themselves. Their work is full of circular arguments that are no better than the arguments they are railing against. They speak with the militant fervor of Adolph Hitler, using all religion as the new "Jew". Perhaps you should review their work before defending their obviously misguided attempts to force others to their views. Faith or non-faith isn’t the problem in this world. Saying that only "My untestable, unprovable idea" is more right than anyone else's is the problem. Atheists are just as guilty of fundamentalist force-feeding as any other belief structure. No one is immune to ideological bigotry, not even atheist.