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Divinity of Doubt: The God Question Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 12, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
“I found myself following my wife around the house reading passages of Bugliosi's book to her out loud. I wish I'd written this wonderfully funny deeply moving antidote to the false certainties -- both religious and irreligious -- that have divided our society into warring camps yammering at each other about things no one understands.”
—Frank Schaeffer New York Times bestselling author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back
“Always eloquent, this is a fascinating read.”
“Bugliosi’s arguments, while familiar, are well-reasoned, clearly presented, and provide a good introductory survey of the theist-versus-atheist-versus-agnostic debate.”
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I felt that the weakest part of the book was the discussion of evolution - several times Bugliosi objects that he cannot imagine a bacteria evolving into Mozart, but of course, evolutionists believe the process happened gradually over billions of years, so to phrase the claim in such a way sets up a strawman. Bugliosi errors again by thinking "locally" about cats and dogs (why haven't they changed in the last 10,000 years, he asks?) when they have a great deal, genetically speaking! In fact, the genetic arguments for evolution are completely left undiscussed by Bugliosi.
Despite this flaw, this book is comendable for two reasons. #1, since there is very little hard evidence that points in either direction of "a god's" existence, Bugliosi's common sense objections serve him fairly well here. And #2, his willingness to take on either side of the debate and outright offend those of either viewpoint that he deems as foolish, is a breath of fresh air in a debate where there is often a lot of back slapping and "supporting your own team". Bugliosi is a truth teller (or at least he makes his best attempt to be), and that's about the highest compliment I can give someone when it comes to debate.
I do applaud Mr. Bugliosi for admitting that he doesn't know if God exists; however, I do wonder why he makes that concession - he clearly thinks he knows everything else.
I would highly recommend that the prospective buyer download the sample of this book or browse through it at a local bookstore before purchasing it - or perhaps just ask a stranger on the street what he thinks about the existence of God. I expect his opinion will be just as valuable as Mr. Bugliosi's opinion (and that's ALL he states in this book) - and it will certainly cost less.
The majority of the book seems to be ad hominem attacks and straw-man arguments. Coupled with Bugliosi's lack of understanding about several of the subjects he brings up, it makes for a very irritating read. The only interesting thing about this book is seeing the sort of tricks a good prosecutor must use in court applied to writing. On the rare occasion when he does make a good point, he repeats it over and over again, literally dozens of times, with barely altered phrasing. If he hadn't said he doesn't use a computer and does all his writing longhand, I would have suspected him of overuse of cut-and-paste.
On of the most annoying facets of the book is that Bugliosi comes up with his own definitions for words and phrases that don't match up with reality. (Anytime you see "common sense" you can safely substitute "popular superstition".) He also claims that anyone calling themselves an Atheist "believes" there is no god... no "probably" or "reasonably certain" about it, thereby setting up one of his many straw-man arguments. He also admits near-complete ignorance about several subjects (computers, biology, evolution, etc.) and then goes on to make absolute judgements about them based on his erroneous assumptions.
I would advise anyone who is well-read and educated, whether believer or not, to avoid wasting their money on this mish-mash of Bugliosi's personal prejudices.
His first flaw that gave me pause was in his description of atheists as people who want to destroy all religion. That is patently not true. Atheists use science and common sense to come to the conclusion that an imaginary, magic person in the sky is not necessary to have formed the earth and all life on it. They just don't want religious people using their clout to infuse government or everyday life with their beliefs.
His second blatant error that made me stop reading the book was in his doubts of the veracity of Darwin's theory of evolution. Unbelievably, he uses the old creationist diatribe of "if we evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys?" With this, I put the book down with no interest in picking it up again.
Mr. Bugliosi has no authority or background to write a book of this kind and should have known better than to use his opinions as stated fact.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whether you agree with him or not, he has a wonderful gift for writing.Published 5 days ago by James S. Boyd
In search of good agnostic philosophy I tripped against the bookshelves and Bugliosi’s Divinity of Doubt fell into my basket. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dennis Mitton
thoughtful consideration of most religious points of view including atheism. Even though he does not believe in an all powerful, all good Christian God, Bugliosi even marshals Old... Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Jeffrey Weil
I'm a Protestant Christian. This book caused me no distress whatever. Bugliosi doesn't understand Christian Theology, or scripture. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Enzo