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The God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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“Debunks the teleological, ontological and cosmological arguments employed throughout Christendom for the literal existence of God…Those looking for a succinct analysis of these centuries old debates will appreciate Grayling's insights.” ―The Washington Post, "On Faith"
“London-based academic and philosopher Grayling (To Set Prometheus Free, 2010, etc.) has the sharp analytical mind of fellow naysayer Richard Dawkins, though he is gentler about saying no to God or god or gods...readers looking for fire-and-brimstone contrarianism will want to turn to Dawkins or the late Christopher Hitchens instead. Mild though the rebuke is, a readable and persuasvie argument - if, of course, an exercise in preaching to the choir.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
A.C. Grayling is professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of the acclaimed Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan, Descartes: The Life and Times of a Genius, Toward the Light of Liberty: The Struggles for Freedom and Rights That Made the Modern Western World, and, most recently, The Good Book: A Humanist Bible. A former fellow of the World Economic Forum at Davos and past chairman of the human rights organization June Fourth, he contributes frequently to the Times, Financial Times, Economist, New Statesman, and Prospect. Grayling's play "Grace," co-written with Mick Gordon, was acclaimed in London and New York. He lives in London.
Top Customer Reviews
"The God Argument" is a very respectful, thought-provoking and accessible book that addresses the case against religion while making the compelling case for a superior ethical way of living, humanism. Accomplished author and English philosopher, A.C. Grayling, provides the reader with an excellent modern reference to the most important philosophical questions of ethics and morality. This stimulating 288-page book is broken into two parts: Part I - Against Religion, and Part II - For Humanism.
1. Elegant dignified prose. The author is very respectful and treats this fascinating topic with utmost respect and care.
2. A philosophical focus on the most interesting topic, religion.
3. The author has a great command of the topic and does a masterful job of keeping it an accessible level without compromising the intellectual core of the topic.
4. The reality of contesting religion. "Contesting religion is like engaging in a boxing match with jelly: it is a shifting, unclear, amorphous target, which every blow displaces to a new shape".
5. You never feel lost in this book. The author does a great job of staying focused on the task in hand, "In my view, the argument against religion is an argument for the liberation of the human mind, and the possibility of at last formulating an ethical outlook that humankind can share, thus providing a basis for a much more integrated and peaceful world."
6. Does a good job of defining terms smoothly within the context of the narrative.
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In the general sense, anyone who thinks about life is a philosopher. Grayling is different only in that he makes philosophy his vocation; Dawkins is a scientist, and Hitchens was a journalist and writer. This is a deep, thoughtful book for intelligent, well-read, and open-minded people who are interested in knowing the case against religion. Grayling does more than that. In the second part of his book he presents an argument for Humanism, of which, contrary to the previous reviewer's claim, Grayling has a great deal to say.Read more ›
Grayling writes very differently and less directly than many other atheists like Dawkins or Harris for example. He is attempting in this book to make very large points and not get caught up in the the details. That's very important in considering the content in this book. You have to take his big picture views. To do otherwise would be to expect this book to be much, much longer.
Grayling makes his sweeping points very well and takes up just a few issues as examples. I do think this is a very good introduction to what is wrong with religion and what is right about humanism. For me Grayling is already preaching to the choir but I still benefited from his insights. I would have profited from this book when I was young and struggling with these questions and I think others will as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pick up a copy (or download one) and read it at the beach this summer. You can't go wrong.Published 2 months ago by J. Marchant
No new arguments or evidence, just clear writing and summary of well known arguments. Very enjoyable and enlightening. Share and enjoy.Published 2 months ago by Daniel R. Malcor
This book's subtitle - "The Case Against Religion and for Humanism" - perfectly describes it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tom Cummings
It is very seldom that one considers a book "pointless," but that is certainly the case after trying to read THE GOD ARGUMENT. A. C. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
I think this author's arguments are weak and based more on his feelings about organized religion than anything else. I don't find satisfying logic here at all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
He presents an argument that cannot be refuted without resorting to myths and personal feelings. He is too wordy.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A interesting read and reflects a different view than most books on the subjectPublished 9 months ago by Karen O