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Book Title: Against All Gods: Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness|
The author of the book: A.C. Grayling
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Edition: Oberon Books
Date of issue: April 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781840027280
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Just dedicating this review to Lynn and Plch who vowed to read the Book that inspired it...it is a bit expensive perhaps? but Amazon might have a cheapie. To Katarzyna who vowed to RE-read it...you really should Kat, it is well worth it. To Cecily and Wendy whom I just noticed are on line at the moment. To K.D. Absolutely who is a Catholic and needs a bit of Real Philosophy. To Lilo who loves to think. And to ALL of YOU ...who LOVE to...... R E A D !!!!!
This appears to be the briefest polemic against religion to have been published so far and that makes it one of the best.
Grayling does not bother discussing the absurd intricacies of theologies whose proponents, the theologians, are called by Grayling:"those master-wrigglers when skewered by logic". Their houses are built on sand, so once one disposes of the sand there is no need to enter or consider the illogic of the theo-logics, because their arguments, theories, proposals are really so much hot air.
Science uses facts to create theories. Anyone , anywhere in the world can test these theories, repeat experiments and publish their findings. A religion however is founded on a private revelation given to one person that must be taken on trust by those who wish to believe it. Believers will eventually speak of their strong 'feeling" that their belief is true. They 'know', not because there is evidence, but because it 'feels' right, makes them 'feel' good, that it 'must' be true. All the wishing and knowing and feeling and musting in the world never makes anything true.It is what is known as 'wishful thinking'.
"Feeling" something is true holds absolutely no validity for a scientist. A scientist who doubts can replicate the experiment or consider the evidence, advance counter-arguments which must be considered by the Scientific Community and show how they fit into the theory. Go and read reviews of "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" by Thomas Kuhn for far better descriptions of this process than I can give you here.
Believers are always doing what faith says they shouldn't be doing - looking for signs!!!
Thus we have the too often recurring situations of Mary's face appearing on someone's piece of toast, on a billboard advertising pasta, on a stained wooden pole of a fence by the beach, of crying statues, stains in the wall of a church. The human mind is boundlessly and ridiculously inventive in its insatiable and desperate search for signs to bolster up its faith. Scientists are constantly finding amazing verifications of their Theory of Evolution for instance , but these are so solidly grounded in facts that are open to all to see, so permanent, so much an integral feature of the world's reality, that only fools would ignore them. Faith has nothing to match such proofs. It has No proofs.
Grayling also correctly defines the terms 'atheist', 'secularist' and 'humanist',
since their meanings have long been distorted by religious apologists
so that their enemies could be...burnt alive at the stake for instance.
(Ever heard of a scientist doing THAT to a believer as part of his/her job??
Too bloody busy doing those experiments!!!)
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Read information about the authorAnthony Clifford "A. C." Grayling is a British philosopher. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. Until June 2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he taught from 1991. He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford.
He is a director and contributor at Prospect Magazine, as well as a Vice President of the British Humanist Association. His main academic interests lie in epistemology, metaphysics and philosophical logic. He has described himself as "a man of the left" and is associated in Britain with the new atheism movement, and is sometimes described as the 'Fifth Horseman of New Atheism'. He appears in the British media discussing philosophy.