The reviews of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion are coming in, and they are mostly negative. That was predictable. Everyone knows, after all, that Dawkins is just one of those fanatical, frothing at the mouth atheists, who doesn’t understand that religion is a beautiful and complex thing, despite the excesses of many of its practitioners. He’s one of those silly people who believe logic and reason should be brought to bear on “The God Question,” despite the fact that sophisticated theologians gave up that approach long ago.
So I’m not surprised that the main reaction to Dawkins’ book has been that of condescension and annoyance. What does surprise me, however, is just how vacuous so mnay of these reviews are. Most of them either make little attempt to engage Dawkins’ arguments, or engage them only in the most superficial and caricatured way. So I will be devoting most of this week to a series of posts about the reactions to Dawkins’ book. I do this partly because I think Dawkins deserves better treatment than he’s getting, and partly because the issues raised by Dawkins and his critics are sufficiently interesting to merit serious discussion. Let me know what you think!