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This review is from: By Design: Science and the Search for God (Paperback)As Mr. Witham states in the "Acknowledgements", he is no expert on any of the topics, he writes about. He simply quotes "authority" after "authority",with no input of his own.
I had read Richard Dawkin's book THE GOD DELUSION prior to reading this one, and I hoped for an equally convincing argument for the Design Idea. This book does not even come close to meeting my expectations. Since Mr. Witham does not seem to understand the arguments of the Pro-Design-Faction, he cannot put the quotations he constantly cites into proper perspective. He obviously believes, that Evolution is wrong and Design is right, but this book cannot convince anybody straddling on the issue.
Surely, Mr. Dawkins wins this competition hands down.
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Initial post: Nov 16, 2007 5:27:13 AM PST
You complain that Witham writes about topics that he is not an expert on in the same review that you mention Dawkins. Interesting. Dawkins is a zoologist...pure and simple. He is an eloquent writer. Yet in the God Delusion, he writes most of the book about theology in which as is obvious in the book, he is not well-versed in.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2008 8:20:04 AM PDT
Dawkins did not write a book about theology, but a book which tries to convince the reader, that there is no God. What I wanted to say was: Dawkins did a MUCH BETTER job in arguing that there is no god, than Mr. Witham did trying argue that there is a God.
(Of course, Mr. Dawkin's job is much easier.....)
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2008 5:27:42 PM PDT
Paul Manata says:
Dawkins discussed issues of philosophy of religion in his book, he is not an expert in those matters.
Dawkins discusses theological issues, to claim he doesn't shows you didn't read his book, or you didn't read all that deeply.
Dawkins discusses historical theology in his book, he's not an expert in that field either.
Dawkins assumes a certain philosophy of science in his book, but he's not a philosopher of science.
Anyway, you claimed that, "Dawkins did not write a book about theology, but a book which tries to convince the reader, that there is no God." Right, and you can't do that in the science lab. How would *science* show "there is *no* God?"
Anyway, I doubt you even read Witham's book and your statements should be enough to convince cautious thinkers that even if you had read it, you're unequipped to offer a thoughtful and cogent critical review.
In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2009 12:05:52 AM PDT
Of course I read the book, what a silly accusation.
You happen to be right, that science cannot "prove" there is no god, just science cannot "prove" that Einstein equations are correct. Yet in both cases, it can accumulate enough evidence that reasonable people accept this as "proof". (This statement is not very difficult to understand, it does not take much philosophy of science, just some thinking.....)
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