Jack is right that the author of Ghost in the Universe
gives a straight-forward (as in really trying to keep a straight face) presentation of the side of religious superstition, but he also does a magnificent job of knocking down every pillar of superstition, in every area he tackles, from biology to physics to biblical history, holy incarnations and miracles, metaphysicians, to "leaps of faith." And there are times that I have been laughing out loud over some of his more subtle put-downs, e.g.: "However, when a rival metaphysician declared God is not the Becoming One but the One Unalterable in Essence though not in Person, what is an innocent bystander supposed to do? Join the fun with another string of Capitalized Words?"
On Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 11:56 PM, Jack <[address removed]>
I am in the process of reading Edis's book for another book club. It demonstrates a much greater understanding of the debate between atheism and theism than is apparent in the neo-atheists. It is a greater challenge to ones thinking than is Dawkins, et al.
Having come from a positive Christian background, I found his analysis of religion much more insightful, and his balanced approach actually more provocative of issues that I had not recognized as significant in this debate. He is a materialist and atheist, but discusses the place that religion is playing in society and the difficulties that atheism has for replacing religion.
He is forcing me to deal with issues that never came up in my readings of the neo-atheists. It is not as easy reading as Hitchens, et al, but I would highly recommend it to our group. It is a book I will be rereading soon
I would especially recommend chapter 4, History and Holy Writ, and chapter 9, The Knowledge of Good and Evil.
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