A Review of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion – Summary

Posted By Elgin Hushbeck

The following is an outline of my review of Richard Dawkins’, “The God Delusion

Part I – Chapter One
Three major problems with Dawkins’ approach

Part II – Chapter One
Discussion of the “educated elite,” and how it is a negative term. How the errors of the educated elite are similar to the errors of atheism.

Part III – Chapter One
How Dawkins statements show that hope and faith disguised as science are a major factor.

Part IV – Chapter One
Dawkins’ claim that there is a belief that religion should not be attacked.

Part V – Chapter Two
Dawkins’ view of God, and his idea that theology “has not moved on in 18 centuries.”

Part VI – Chapter Two
Dawkins discussion of the Founding Father.

Part VII– Chapter Three
Aquinas arguments for the existence of God.

Part VIII – Chapter Three
Dawkins main rebuttal to Aquinas, the problem of the definition of Natural and Supernatural.

Part IX – Chapter Three
More problems with Dawkins attempt to rebut Aquinas – the wrong type of sequence.

Part X – Chapter Four
Point 1- 3 of Dawkins central argument of the book.

Part XI – Chapter Four
Point 4- 6 of Dawkins central argument of the book.

Part XII – Chapter Five
The origin of Religion – the freedom of speculation, in absence of evidence.

Part XIII – Chapter Six
The origin of Morality – the role of chance and meaning.

Part XIV – Chapter Six
The origin of Morality – the evolution as a tautology – evolution as a source for morality.

Part XV – Chapter Seven
Morality in the Bible – Dawkins errors of interpretation.

Part XVI – Chapter Seven
The Moral Zeitgeist as a moral foundation

Part XVII – Chapter Seven
The role of absolutism and Summation

Feb 20th, 2008

5 Comments to 'A Review of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion – Summary'

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  1. BlueHour said,

    Thank you for writing all this up. I know that faith is based on spirituality and the heart, but it’s so frustrating sometimes to be accused of having “vacuous” and “ill thought out” beliefs, especially when Christians often spend a great deal of time and agony reasoning out our beliefs and worldview. It’s nice to have rebuttal material.

    By the way, I read the discussion between you and Chris on his blog and I read your conversion story. I thought that it’s a wonderful story and was wondering if you would post a longer, more detailed version on your blog

  2. Thanks, I will post a longer version. It will probably be after Consider Christianity Week (i.e. March 15th).

  3. Bob Blasewitz said,

    Great work. I am doing my PhD thesis on a Christian response to Atheists and your work is very valuable to me. I am also including “evolutiion” the religion of Atheists as a component to be reviewed. It appears that men like Dawkins can leverage their credentials in their chosen vocation to nearly anything that they want to have dialogue about, reserached or not ! Dawkins, while a brilliant biologist, it just spewing hate and discontent . Your reviews have been excellent, may God bless you for your responses.
    Have you reviewed chapters 8,9 and 10 as yet ?

  4. Bob,

    No. As I wrote at the beginning of XVII “The latter part of the Richard Dawkins’, “The God Delusion” becomes increasingly speculative as he applies his view of atheism and religion to topics such as homosexuality, abortion, and children and these issues would be better treated in more general discussion of the individual topics than a specific review of Dawkins’ slant on them.”

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