What are the arguments for and against religion and religious belief - all of them - right across the range of reasons and motives that people have for being religious, and do they stand up to scrutiny? Can there be a clear, full statement of these arguments that once and for all will show what is at stake in this debate? Equally important: what is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and a foundation for morality? Is there a worldview and a code of life for thoughtful people - those who wish to live with intellectual integrity, based on reason, evidence, and a desire to do and be good - that does not interfere with people's right to their own beliefs and freedom of expression? In The Case Against Religion, Anthony Grayling offers a definitive examination of these questions, and an in-depth exploration of the humanist outlook that recommends itself as the ethics of the genuinely reflective person.
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Fascinating Topic Made Mind Numbingly Dull
I agree with most, if not all the ideas in this book. But the way this is written is pompus, repetitive and boring. I picture the author with a thesaurus on one side of the desk and a bottle of sedatives on the other. It's an exercise in trying to complicate ideas with unnnecessary vocabulary while at the same time striving to be boring and tedious.
As if the content of this book wasn't bad enough, the narrator chosen delivered it in such a way as to amplify the arrogance and tedium to it's maximum level.
Listening to this book is like being cornered at a party by the most boring, arrogant , self-proclaimed intellectual in the room.
Skip this and read Dawkins, "The God Delusion" instead.
Cogently stated arguments for Humanism
- Eric Walton