CFI News: Victor Stenger Paperback Release

From: Jack M.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 11:26 AM
CFI Release:

A paperback edition of the New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis ($18.95, April 2008) by physicist Victor J. Stenger features a powerful new foreword by Christopher Hitchens, author of the #1 bestseller God Is Not Great, plus a new postscript by Stenger in which he addresses criticisms of the first edition. Stenger is a research fellow of the Center for Inquiry and a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

In the foreword, Christopher Hitchens has written a stunning endorsement Victor Stenger's work, stressing the importance of the book's overall contribution. Hitchens asserts that the non-scientist "infidel community" is indebted to Stenger.

Hitchens says, "with the arrival on the scene of Victor Stenger's book, the already-revived and extended argument for unbelief has undergone a sort of quantitative and qualitative acceleration. One side in this dispute is going to have to yield." Hitchens also calls God: The Failed Hypothesis "extremely tough and impressive...a great book...a huge addition to the arsenal of argument."

In God: The Failed Hypothesis Stenger contends that, if God exists, some evidence for this existence should be detectable by scientific means, especially considering the central role that God is alleged to play in the operation of the universe and the lives of humans. Treating the traditional Judeo-Christian and Islamic God concept like any other scientific hypothesis, Stenger examines all of the claims made for God's existence. After evaluating all the scientific evidence, Stenger concludes that beyond a reasonable doubt the universe and life appear exactly as we might expect if there were no God.

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