- Title: Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: Doubting Dawkins
- Author: Keith Ward
- ISBN: 9780745953304
- Page: 409
- Format: Paperback
Pronounced atheist Richard Dawkins has claimed that no theologian has ever produced a satisfactory response to his arguments that there most likely is not a God In this open minded and innovative philosophical challenge, theologian David Ward addresses Dawkins s various ideas with sharp, clear arguments He points out that when Dawkins a scientist enters the world of philPronounced atheist Richard Dawkins has claimed that no theologian has ever produced a satisfactory response to his arguments that there most likely is not a God In this open minded and innovative philosophical challenge, theologian David Ward addresses Dawkins s various ideas with sharp, clear arguments He points out that when Dawkins a scientist enters the world of philosophy and religion, his passion often leads his argumentation to descend into stereotyping, pastiche, and mockery Stimulating and thought provoking, this study both locates the flaws in Dawkins s arguments and makes a perfectly rational case for the existence of God.
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This was a response to Richard Dawkins' ' The God delusion' which I found quite helpful. Ward is a philospher and theologian who, in fact, Dawkins misquotes a couple of times in his book. It is quite interesting to see a rigourous mind at work and although his grasp of the philosphical niceties is far and beyond mine he does express himself clearly and concisely. His humour and ribbing of Dawkins' approach is far more respectful and open than that of his opponent but he still manages to make his [...]
Reading this book I was reminded of the line in Frasier where his production assistant Ros calls him "the dumbest smart guy I ever met".Reverend Professor Keith Ward is an Oxford lecturer in philosophy, logic and (ahem) theology with a career spanning decades, and yet he begins by claiming that consciousness is an irreducible feature of reality, and bases much of his subsequent reasoning on this claim. Now to most people, or non-philosophers at least, it is evident that consciousness can be redu [...]
I'm 9% of the way through this book, and already, I'm breathless at the utter lack of logic. His foundational argument seems to be: Just because we've never seen a superintelligent consciousness that exists without a physical structure doesn't mean that such a thing can't or doesn't exist. Waving your hands and saying, "Why not?" isn't much of an argument. Maybe it will improve. I chose this because I thought an Oxford scholar would have better arguments than the undereducated, creationist Evang [...]
Having just completed Keith Ward's "The Big Questions of Science and Religion", and deeply impressed by its depth and eloquence, I purchased his recent book "Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: Doubting Dawkins". I was not disappointed.In this book, Ward responds to several recent works, written by scientists and scholars, that blast religious belief as hopelessly deluded and out-of-date in a scientific age. Primary on his list is "The God Delusion", written by prominent British biologist Richa [...]
Wow, this is certainly the heaviest book I've ever read, and makes The God Delusion seem light. Ward is never going to hit the bestsellers list but his book is a measured debunking of the first four chapters of Dawkins' book. Ward starts from a position of strength - he is a professor of Philospohy rather than biology and argues that theology and philosophy are close cousins and that there are philosophical reasons why their might be a God. Ward's style is in stark contrast to Dawkins - he is ge [...]
The author, by his own account, intends this book to be a direct rebuttal to Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion. The first problem is that this book was, for me, a lot less interesting to read. As a work of philosophy by a philosopher, I found it very often either boring or so tricky to work out that reading became a chore, and more than once, both. The style of the writing aside, in this not-even-amateur-philosopher's opinion Ward does make a few points to which I would be interested in Dawkins [...]
Refuting Dawkin's philosophical arguments in "The God Delusion". Highly engaging, easy language. :)
This book, written in an conversational, low-key and interesting style, attempts to refute the main arguments in Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and to show that “the God hypothesis” is reasonable, even highly likely, given a couple of basic premises. In the end, Ward makes clear that Dawkins’ conclusions are reasonable given his (Dawkins’) materialistic premises, while “the God hypothesis” is quite reasonable given a different starting point which, in Ward’s view, is better at [...]
Keith Ward is one of my all-time favourite theologians. He is entertaining to listen to - full of wit- and his books generally (with the exception of Pascal's Fire) are pacey and a delight to read.This book is a direct response to Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion. It is one of several books that have emerged from theologians and other Christian thinkers in what has come to be called the "Oxford God Debate".The book is structured in chapters directly tackling specific chapters in Dawkin's book. [...]
An excellent, witheringly witty take down of Dr Dawkins' philosophical pretensions. But reading some of the reviews, it seems clear that the two sides are simply talking past each other - one seeing as a knockdown, killer argument something the other barely registers. I'm really at a loss how to get past this - civil conversation and civil society depend on dialogue being possible, but this seems to be getting dangerously close to parallel monologues, hearing only what they want to hear. Any id [...]
After a recent heated discussion a friend asked me if I knew anything about theology. I had to answer that I didn't so decided to swot up. I enjoyed this book and it's well written explanations of the metaphysical arguments for God. The book is interesting and informative and is written a lot more respectfully than the Dawkins book that it counters. However, the presentation of baseless arguments in a pseudo-scientific way (personal explanations!) did make me wince more than once. Ultimately I r [...]
I've been sort of tangentially interested in the 'new atheist' thing but have neither time nor energy (nor desire, really) to really dig into it. This book by an Oxford philosopher was on sale for $5 at a discount bookstore so thought I'd take a look.
Probably the most substantial book refuting Dawkins I've read. Good for a fairly quick read.
Blah, blah, blah. Ward basis his whole book on the presupposition that God exists. So you h e to believe God exists for him to convince you God exists.
Sorry, too clever for me.
At last – a Delusion-basher that is actually worth reading. Please see: Serious about delusion.
A careful and gentle, yet powerful, response to the arguments of Dawkins in The God Delusion.
Not impressed. Without the assumption of substance dualism, all the arguments in the book collapse.
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