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The Devil’s Delusion

David Berlinski (Crown Forum : April 1, 2008), 256 pages.

Militant atheism is on the rise. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have dominated bestseller lists with books denigrating religious belief as dangerous foolishness. And these authors are merely the leading edge of a far larger movement – one that now includes much of the scientific community. “The attack on traditional religious thought,” writes David Berlinski in The Devil’s Delusion, “marks the consolidation in our time of science as the single system of belief in which rational men and women might place their faith, and if not their faith, then certainly their devotion.” A secular Jew, Berlinski nonetheless delivers a biting defense of religious thought. An acclaimed author who has spent his career writing about mathematics and the sciences, he turns the scientific community’s cherished skepticism back on itself, daring to ask and answer some rather embarrassing questions. ~ Product Description

Table of Contents

  • Preface xi
  • No Gods Before Me 1
  • Nights of Doubt 11
  • Horses Do Not Fly 43
  • The Cause 63
  • The Reason 83
  • A Put-up Job 109
  • A Curious Proof That God Does Not Exist 137
  • Our Inner Ape, a Darling, and the Human Mind 155
  • Miracles in Our Time 181
  • The Cardinal and His Cathedral 209
  • Acknowledgments 227
  • Index 229