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Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life

Alister McGrath

Blackwell Publishing, (Softcover), 202 pp., 2004

Item# B102
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ISBN: 1-4051-2538-1

Twenty five years ago Alister McGrath had just completed his PhD in molecular biology and an honors degree in theology and was getting ready to leave Oxford to do some theological research at Cambridge University. He received an invitation from Oxford University Press to write a response to Richard Dawkins recent book The Selfish Gene. He passed on the opportunity assuming there would be others just as qualified to take on the task. A quarter century later, no one has taken up the task, and Dawkins writings have become less about science and more a scientific polemic for the atheistic worldview.

This is the first book-length response to Richard Dawkins, who has become perhaps the world�s best-known atheist, noted for his hostile and controversial views on religion. This wonderfully argued book explains and examines Dawkins� scientific ideas and their implications for religion and intellectual history. Head-to-head, it takes on some of Dawkins� central assumptions, like the conflict between science and religion, the "selfish gene" theory of evolution, the role of science in explaining the world, and brilliantly exposes their flaws. McGrath treats Dawkins� ideas with respect, and rather than declaring his opponent as vanquished on the first salvo, he sweeps away the strawman religious fundamentalist Dawkins� seems to address in his writings, and forces him into a chess match of the intellectual Grand Masters. With Antony Flew�s recent defection from the ranks of British atheists, the stakes are higher than ever. It will be interesting to how Dawkins� responds to this worthy critique.

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