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A Point Here and There, But Hedges Again Misses His Mark
, April 28, 2008
This review is from: I Don't Believe in Atheists (Hardcover)
I just finally got around to reading Hedges' American Fascist, which was a polemic and misrepresentation of the facts and in this book he does no better. I wasn't going to review these books until I saw him on C-SPAN and his rhetorical and oratory skills may lead people to purchase this possibly well intentioned book, but one that often misses the weightier arguments.
Other reviews have done a good job, so I'm really just piling on. I want nothing more than to read well reasoned books destroying the arguments of Dawkins, Dennet, Harris et all (and there are many out there). But, I assert, Hedges does not always understand the New Atheists arguments correctly, or maybe a better word is fully. Instead, it is as if when he read their works he fixated on their most polemic sayings and thought that was representative of their complete position. Sure Harris and Dawkins have not helped their cause with their own misrepresentations of religion, but two wrongs do not make a right, no matter how much I might despise their tripe.
Secondly, Hedges again cannot leave the fundamentalists alone and like his last book, he greatly develops a caricature of them. And like his last book, he does make a point or two, but all in all, he misses out on the weightier arguments for the quick journalistic sound bites. Clever wording takes the place of a well reasoned challenge and the book suffers for it. Like Becky Garrison's new book opposing atheism, I wanted to like it, but was left wanting.
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