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An examination of the theories and writings of Richard Dawkins by a world-renowned expert on the relation of science and religion. It includes in-depth analysis of Dawkins' landmark treatise The God Delusion (2006). It tackles Dawkins' hostile and controversial views on religion, and examines the religious implications of his scientific ideas.…mehr

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An examination of the theories and writings of Richard Dawkins by a world-renowned expert on the relation of science and religion. It includes in-depth analysis of Dawkins' landmark treatise The God Delusion (2006). It tackles Dawkins' hostile and controversial views on religion, and examines the religious implications of his scientific ideas.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • 2nd Edition
  • Seitenzahl: 208
  • Erscheinungstermin: 20. Januar 2015
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 213mm x 134mm x 22mm
  • Gewicht: 300g
  • ISBN-13: 9781118964781
  • ISBN-10: 1118964780
  • Artikelnr.: 42199792
Autorenporträt
Alister E. McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Scienceand Religion at the University of Oxford. One of the world'sleading theologians, he has written numerous critically acclaimedbooks, including The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis(Wiley, 2013), Why God Won't Go Away: Engaging the NewAtheism (2011), and Darwinism and the Divine: EvolutionaryThought and Natural Theology (Wiley, 2011). He is also theauthor of some of the most widely used theology textbooks,including the bestselling Christian Theology: AnIntroduction now in its fifth edition (Wiley, 2010).
Inhaltsangabe
Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Darwinism: The Rise of a Scientific Theory 7

Natural Selection: Charles Darwin 9

The Mechanics of Inheritance: Gregor Mendel 18

The Discovery of the Gene: Thomas Hunt Morgan 21

The Role of DNA in Genetics 24

What's in a Name? "Darwinism" or"Evolutionary Theory"? 26

2 The Selfish Gene: A Darwinian View of the World 32

Introducing Dawkins 33

Dawkins' Approach: The Selfish Gene 38

The Place of Humanity in a Darwinian Universe 44

Are Genes Really Selfish? 47

What Remains of the "Selfish Gene" Approach? 51

3 Blind Faith?: Evidence, Proof, and Rationality in Scienceand Religion 57

Faith as Blind Trust? 60

Is Atheism Itself a Faith? 68

Is Christian Faith Irrational? 71

The Problem of Radical Theory Change in Science 77

The Limits of Science 80

Mystery, Insanity, and Nonsense 82

4 The Blind Watchmaker: Evolution and the Elimination of God?86

The Contours of a Darwinian Worldview 86

Is Darwinism a Complete Explanation? 91

God as an Explanatory Hypothesis? 93

The Elimination of Purpose: Dawkins on Teleology in Nature96

The Divine Watchmaker: Paley's Grand (but Correctable)Mistake 98

Dynamic Conceptions of Creation: Augustine of Hippo 107

Natural Selection and Religious Beliefs: Darwin's Views111

The Christian Reaction to Darwin 116

5 Cultural Darwinism?: The Invention of the Meme 120

Universal Darwinism: The Evolution of Culture 120

Introducing the Meme 122

Introducing the "God-Meme" 125

Is Cultural Development Darwinian? 128

Do Memes Actually Exist? 131

The Flawed Analogy between Gene and Meme 133

The Redundancy of the Meme 136

God as a Virus of the Mind? 139

Moving On ... 143

6 The God Delusion: Dawkins on Atheism, Science, andReligion 144

The Cultural Location of The God Delusion 145

The "Warfare" of Science and Religion 149

Natural Science Leads to Neither Atheism Nor Christianity155

Science, Faith, and Evidence 157

A Darwinian Explanation of Belief in God? 162

Awe, Wonder, and Religion 166

Conclusion 170

Select Bibliography 173

Index 184
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Priase for the Previous Edition

"Wielding evolutionary arguments and carefully chosen metaphorslike sharp swords, Richard Dawkins has emerged over three decadesas this generation's most aggressive promoter of atheism. Inhis view, science, and science alone, provides the only rock worthstanding on. In this remarkable book, Alister McGrath challengesDawkins on the very ground he holds most sacred - rationalargument - and McGrath disarms the master. It becomes readilyapparent that Dawkins has aimed his attack at a naive version offaith that most serious believers would not recognize. Afterreading this carefully constructed and eloquently written book,Dawkins' choice of atheism emerges as the most irrational ofthe available choices about God's existence." FrancisCollins, Director of the Human Genome Project

"In this tour-de-force Alister McGrathapproaches the edifice of self-confident, breezy atheism soeffectively promoted by Richard Dawkins, and by deft dissection andargument reveals the shallowness, special-pleading andinconsistencies of his world-picture. Here is a book whichhelps to rejoin the magnificence of science to the magnificence ofGod's good Creation." Simon Conway Morris, Professorof Evolutionary Palaeobiology, Cambridge University

"Here Alister McGrath announces what every DarwinianFundamentalist needs to hear: that science is and always has been acultural practice that is provisional, fallible, and sociallyshaped - an enterprise to be cultivated and fostered, buthardly worshipped or idolised. A devastating critique."David N. Livingstone, Professor of Geography and IntellectualHistory, Queen's University, Belfast…mehr