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The God Debate - Dawkins In Denial by Terry Higham is a rebuttal of New Atheist theories and arguments as presented by evangelical atheists with particular emphasis on Richard Dawkins, one of the most vocal and zealous. Higham tries to show using both scientific, biblical and historical evidence that the existence of God, while it cannot be fully proven, is impossible to disprove.
The book contends that many atheist beliefs are speculative and lack adequate supporting evidence. It argues that atheist philosophy is scattered with shortcomings and it gives examples to illustrate this point. One such example is the philosophy’s inability to provide a reliable moral compass for societal order.
Higham systematically attacks the credibility of Dawkins’ statements and opinions on subjects such as the validity of miracles and divine phenomena, Catholic doctrine, the question of evil, life after death and the reliability of the Scripture. He also dissects Evolution theory, the Big Bang Theory, Anthropic Principle and the Multiverse Theory to compellingly show that the existence of God is not irreconcilable with science but rather backed by it.
I like that more than sufficient evidence is provided to justify the arguments. It is also admirable that in situations where the evidence was inconclusive, the writer acknowledges the doubtful veracity of his statements. The language is occasionally difficult and a little pedantic, especially when quoting scientists such as Einstein or discussing theories like the Anthropic Principle. However, Higham makes an effort to provide simplified explanations, and thus promotes easier understanding of the text.
Higham’s opinion of Dawkins as stated in the first chapter of the book may have been better placed elsewhere to avoid giving the impression that he was fostering prejudice in readers who are yet to read Dawkins’ book or have not yet heard Dawkins speak. I also feel that it may have been advisable to avoid such strong criticism of Dawkins in the book’s opening chapter as this may preclude advocates of Dawkins’ propaganda from reading any further in the book.
Overall, I find that the book is well-researched, well-referenced and well-written. It convincingly uses logic, reason, and science to show that many New Atheist theories are founded on a fervent lack of belief which hinders critical analysis or verification of facts and the acceptance of theist evidence both proven and unproven. The citation and editing are also excellently carried out. Thus, I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.
The God Debate - Dawkins in Denial
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