Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide
(BANTAM PRESS, 304 PP, £14.99)
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Richard Dawkins, in his latest book, continues to do the religious believer a service. He writes with clarity and wit about the “flaws” in the believing argument (mainly Christian, but there are swipes at the others); he forces us to examine the root and rites of our own religious practice; and, above all, by clinging to the either/or debate between science and religion, he reveals the shallowness of his own position.
In a recent, and closely argued, book, Seven Types of Atheism, the philosopher John Gray has this to say about what he calls “the New Atheism”, which has its origin in Frazer and Comte: