Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Reviewing Richard Dawkins

www.arn.org have now posted two articles by yours truly on Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion:

'The Big Bad Wolf, Theism and the Foundations of Intelligent Design: A Review of Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion'

'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Richard Dawkins' Failed Rebuttal of Natural Theology'

The first is a wide ranging substantial review which nevertheless focuses upon how Dawkins' approached intelligent design theory. In sum: Dawkins cogently argues that ID is a scientific theory and fails to cogently argue that it lacks evidential support. The second article is shorter, and focuses upon Dawkins' handling of natural theology (arguments for and against God's existence). In sum: Dawkins is no philosopher and it shows.

These reviews on my arn featured author page are in addition to two reviews I've written for Damaris Culture Watch. The Damaris reviews are basically the material from the second article above divided over two articles but with some tweaks and some unique material. cf:

'Whose Afriad of the Big Bad Wolf?' @ http://www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=501


'Calling Dawkins' Bluff' @ http://www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=503

Whilst my theme is Dawkins, I may as well bring to your attention my other articles on Oxford's Professor for the Public Understaning of Science:

Atheism and Child Abuse

Darwin's Rottweiler and the Public Understanding of Scientism

‘Is Peter S. Williams a liar for God?’ One fallible human responds to another’s critique of ‘Darwin’s Rottweiler and the Public Understanding of Scientism’

Dawkins Ad Hominem - Misrepresented Again?

Designed or Desinoid: Dawkins, Science & the Purpose of Life

What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?' – Comparing Dawkins' Blind Faith to Flew's evidence

'On the Side of the Angels: Review of Richard Dawkins' A Devil's Chaplain' Part One, Part Two, Part Three

And I recommend the following resources:

Reviews of The God Delusion

Andrew Brown, ‘Dawkins the dogmatist’ @ www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=7803

Terry Eagleton, 'Lunging, Flailing, Mispunching', London Review of Books Vol. 28 No. 20, 19 October 2006

Jim Holt, 'Beyond Belief', New York Times

Stephen Jones, ‘My Critique of The God Delusion: Part 1’ @ http://creationevolutiondesign.blogspot.com/2006/11/my-critique-of-dawkins-god-delusion-1.html & ‘Part 2’ @ http://creationevolutiondesign.blogspot.com/2006/11/my-critique-of-dawkins-god-delusion-2.html

Alister McGrath, ‘The Dawkins Delusion’ @ www.theosthinktank.co.uk/mainnav/the-current-debate.aspx

Alister McGrath, ‘Is God a Delusion? Atheism and the Meaning of Life’ @ www.citychurchsf.org/openforum/Audio/OF_Alister_McGrath.mp3

Albert Mohler, ‘The Dawkins Delusion’ @ www.albertmohler.com/commentary_read.php?cdate=2006-09-26

Albert Mohler, ‘The God Delusion Revisited’ @ www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=797

Thomas Nagel, 'The Fear of Religion', The New Republic Online

David Robertson, ‘Dawkins Delusion’ @ www.freechurch.org/issues/2006/nov06.htm

Dallas Willard, ‘Reflections on The Blind Watchmaker’ @ www.dwillard.org/articles/artview.asp?artID=52

Other On-Line Materials

Michael J. Behe, ‘A Review of The Ancestor’s Tale’ @ www.arn.org/docs/behe/mb_ancestorstalereview_0506.htm

Madeline Bunting, ‘No Wonder Atheists are Angry: they seem ready to believe anything’ @ www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1681235,00.html

Christians in Science – Responses to Richard Dawkins Page @ www.cis.org.uk/resources/dawkins.shtml

ID The Future Podcast, ‘Is Richard Dawkins Contradicting Himself by Taking Credit for Writing his Book?’ @ http://intelligentdesign.podomatic.com/enclosure/2006-11-06T12_16_25-08_00.mp3 (Audio)

Taking on Dawkins’ God: An Interview with Alister McGrath @ www.stnews.org/News-201.htm

Dawkins and his Disciples @ http://telicthoughts.com/?cat=35 (Video)

Denis Alexander, 'A Clash of Fundamentalisms'

Dave Crofts, 'The Root of all Evil? Part 1' Part 2

Logan Gage, ‘Who Wrote Richard Dawkins’ New Book?’ @ www.evolutionnews.org/2006/10/who_wrote_richard_dawkinss_new.html

Paul Johnson, ‘The Ayatollah of Atheism and Darwin’s Altars’ @ www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/index.php?command=view&program=CSC%20-%20Views%20and%20News&id=2828

Phillip E. Johnson, ‘The Robot Rebellion of Richard Dawkins’ @ www.arn.org/docs/johnson/pj_robotrebellion.htm

Phillip E. Johnson, ‘Climbing Mount Improbable & Darwin’s Black Box’ @ www.leaderu.com/ftissues/ft9610/johnson.html

John Lennox, 'God and Richard Dawkins' (Audio)

Nick Pollard, 'The Root of all Evil? The problem with Richard Dawkins' faith

Jonathan Sarfati, ‘Review: Climbing Mount Improbable’ @ www.answersingenesis.org/tj/v12/i1/improbable.asp

Roger Scruton, ‘Dawkins is Wrong About God’ @ http://catholiceducation.org/articles/science/sc0078.html

The Dawkins-Quinn Debate @ http://origins.swau.edu/misc/Dawkins2.mp3 (Audio) Transcript @ http://mliccione.blogspot.com/2006/10/dawkins-quinn-debate.html

Nick Pollard Talks to Richard Dawkins @ www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=102


Antony Latham, The Naked Emperor: Darwinism Exposed, (Janus, 2005) www.amazon.co.uk/Naked-Emperor-Darwinism-Exposed/dp/1857566351/sr=11-1/qid=1163421830/ref=sr_11_1/026-9251633-5979667

Alister McGrath, Dawkins’ God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life, (Blackwell, 2005) www.amazon.co.uk/Dawkins-God-Alister-E-McGrath/dp/1405125381/sr=1-1/qid=1163414866/ref=sr_1_1/026-9251633-5979667?ie=UTF8&s=books

Roger Steer, Letter to an Influential Atheist, (Authentic, 2003)

Keith Ward, God, Chance & Necessity, (OneWorld, 1996) www.amazon.co.uk/God-Chance-Necessity-Keith-Ward/dp/1851681167/sr=1-7/qid=1163421960/ref=sr_1_7/026-9251633-5979667?ie=UTF8&s=books

Peter S. Williams, I Wish I Could Believe in Meaning: A Response to Nihilism, (Damaris, 2005) www.amazon.co.uk/Wish-Could-Believe-Meaning-Response/dp/190475306X/sr=1-6/qid=1163414885/ref=sr_1_6/026-9251633-5979667?ie=UTF8&s=books

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