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Richard Dawkins and His God Delusion: A Preliminary Critique of His Truth Claims [Kindle Edition]

J. Steve Miller
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In his best selling book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins makes many claims concerning the existence of God and the viability of religion. This brief critique (60 pp. if it were in print) takes several of Dawkins's main contentions and subjects them to research and analysis. Students and researchers should find value in the documentation and links to further sources. His popular writing style makes it accessible to nonspecialists.

According to Dr. Henry F. Schaefer III, one of the most distinguished living physical scientists, specialist in quantum and computational chemistry, and author of over 1000 scientific publications, "I welcome this thoughtful and easily digested response to the insubstantial attacks on God by the world's most popular atheist."

Although introductory rather than exhaustive, this monograph responds to the following claims by Dawkins:

1. Religion demands blind faith and considers unquestioned faith a virtue.
2. Religion puts people in a “semi-permanent form of morbid guilt.”
3. Scientists who acknowledge God are typically closet atheists.
4. There's "no shred of evidence" for the existence of God.
5. The fine tuning of the universe can be explained by multiple universes.
6. The seemingly insurmountable odds of the chance formation of the first cells can be overcome by chance operating on billions of planets.
7. The complexity of any conceivable brilliant, powerful Creator, makes the probability of His emergence very unlikely.
8. The accounts of Jesus's life are fictional, written long after the events supposedly took place.
9. The accounts of Jesus's life were subsequently translated and copied so many times that we have no idea what the originals actually said.

Miller examines each of these attacks with clear prose, authoritative documentation, and an impassioned appeal to reason.


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  • File Size: 270 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
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  • Publisher: Wisdom Creek Press, LLC (July 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D38S0I
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Eddie
Format:Kindle Edition
One reviewer asked why Christians are so threatened by Dawkins that they feel the need to write books attacking him. What he seems to forget is that The God Delusion was written as a specific attack upon Christianity. It is Dawkins who openly declares that he views Christianity as a threat and he's written these books to refute it. Why then wouldn't Christians rise to Dawkins' challenge and respond to his claims? That is precisely what J. Steven Miller has done.

And concerning the reviewer who's defending evolution, Miller's book doesn't argue for or against evolution. Are you sure you read the book?

Miller points out the flaws in Dawkins logic, his misrepresentation of the facts, his creation of "facts" from nothing, and his misrepresentations of the Christian faith. Dawkins leads with his chin when presenting weak arguments, so it shouldn't be surprising that Miller's presentation of the facts knocks out many of Dawkins' arguments.

Dawkins' style of argumentation is often simplicity - taking complex issues and making them appear simple. Objective thinkers, both atheist and theist, should welcome Miller's book as an opportunity to explore the other side to Dawkins' claims. Miller does an excellent job of elucidating and documenting many of Dawkins' bold claims, while revealing the absence of facts or reason to support those claims.

So back to the earlier reviewer's question - why would Miller write a book like this? The answer is quite simple. It's important to get at the truth of matters. If no one subjects Dawkins' claims to scrutiny, then those who read The God Delusion and hear no counter argument will assume Dawkins' assertions are based on fact.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Interview with J. Steve Miller March 19, 2012
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"Richard Dawkins and his God Delusion" is actually a interview with J. Steve Miller. CNN's Mike Galanos asks excellent questions and J. Steve Miller provides mind expanding answers and explanations.

One of the main points made in this book is that Dawkins believes that faith is belief without evidence. As J. Steve Miller explains, that would mean that Jesus' followers would not have been able to have faith.

Throughout this interview you will find logical, well-researched arguments in favor of God's existence. J. Steve Miller also provides lots of evidence that shows many scientists actually believe in God due to their own research. If you look at a simple cell you can't help but realize that there was a Creator who designed it completely.

Basically this book shows how Dawkins' conclusions "fail to follow logically from his premises." He also makes the point that Dawkins often expects his readers to believe his thoughts with blind faith.

As someone who has read Dawkins' "The God Delusion" I felt J. Steve Miller did an excellent job at refuting many of his main points. I felt this book was a good introduction and while I like short books I could have enjoyed an even longer book. I look forward to reading other books by J. Steve Miller in the future.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well reasoned and documented treatise September 11, 2014
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The author refutes claims made by Richard Dawkins in his seminal work "The God Delusion". Miller has well documented his rebuttal to the major denials for a god used by Dawkins. He also demonstrates Dawkins' weakness in presenting sound logic and reasoning. If one is predisposed to be an atheist based on reading TGD one owes it to oneself to look into the claims of Miller.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful, reasoned rebuttal to Richard Dawkins August 29, 2011
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This compact e-book is chock full of great information. Miller takes the primary claims of renowned atheist Richard Dawkins and discusses them in a thoughtful, clear, rational manner. He points out the flaws in Dawkins' logic and backs it up with solid research and documented evidence. Here's hoping for more from Miller to follow up on this great introductory piece.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast and Furious Read March 13, 2012
By SRC
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With bold strokes, J. Steve Miller tackles the premises in Richard Dawkins' book, The God Delusion. Up front he states that he agrees with Dawkins about the importance of these issues and that "religious claims should be tested." Dawkins' contentions carry implications that are far-reaching, thus the need for critical evaluation.

So aptly put in the Preface, "this book is not about atheism versus Christianity - it's about the truth and Richard Dawkins".

Throughout this fast paced read, Miller evaluates empirical and historical evidence, often drawing from respected historians, scientists, and other respected professionals in their fields. He also documents his research very carefully, so that people who challenge his claims or want to study further can trace down primary sources.

There is much to be gained from this book, no matter what the personal worldview of the reader might be. I intend to revisit Richard Dawkins and His God Delusion as it is impossible to digest all the nuggets of wisdom. Although his purpose isn't to deal with each point exhaustively (I suppose entire books could be written and perhaps have been written concerning each issue), Miller gives just enough response to let people know there's much more to each issue than Dawkins addresses. There's value in giving basic responses and pointing people to resources for further study. By keeping it brief and moving quickly, the reader doesn't get bogged down in minutia, yet finds a ton of information for such a small book.

Highly recommended for all interested in these important issues!

Samantha Ryan Chandler,
Christian Author
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Excellent expose of one of the four horsemen of atheism logical emptiness in argumentation and supporting evidence for his viewpoints. The book left me wishing it was longer.
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Refutes some of Dawkins theory with Christian theory. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. It was a good read.
Published 8 months ago by sherrieberry47454
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep your day job, RD
A brief and cogent book which demonstrates Dawkins's multiple shortcomings. From redefining faith to misunderstanding historical scholarship to employing logically invalid... Read more
Published on November 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel more educated on the topic.
This is a really great eBook addressing certain issues found in Dawkins book "The God Delusion." I respect that the author, J. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by Heather Bixler
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Bad
I bought this book out of curiosity (hey it's only $0.99). Let me first say that I don't think Steve Miller actually read Dawkins' book. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by MD
5.0 out of 5 stars For thinkers only....
If you are of the mindset, "Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up", then, you won't like this book. Read more
Published on January 23, 2012 by Douglas A. Moore
1.0 out of 5 stars A Book for the Feeble Minded
I find it rather humorous that the religious mainstream has been so threatened by Dawkins that a series of books have been written in the attempt to refute what he has to say. Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by Ki
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Steve is the founder and president of Legacy Educational Resources, providing global resources for teachers of life skills in public schools, churches, and service organizations at http://www.character-education.info. A self-styled "wisdom broker," he collects wisdom from many fields and packages it for teachers and writers via his published books and the Web.

Steve is an educator (teaches at Kennesaw State University), entrepreneur, and speaker, having taught audiences from Atlanta to Moscow. He's known for drawing practical wisdom from serious research and communicating it in accessible, unforgettable ways. His wife, Cherie, and their seven sons continually remind him what works and what doesn't. Connect with him at http://www.jstevemiller.com.

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