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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Admirably written and expertly narrated, The God Argument makes for very good listening. As a case for Humanism and against belief in gods, it excels.
Good perspective, insightful, and educational. The reader performance was entertaining too. A good reference for better understanding humanism and the argument for independent and critical thinking.
I was hoping for a more scripture by scripture debate against Religion, which this book contains a few examples of, but spends much more time describing how logic works and how to form a logical argument. It goes off on many tangents far from theology, and has many good arguments which I either agree with or are at least thought provoking. The one exception that stands out is the argument that anyone that would get addicted to drugs already is, and if all drugs were legal then people could use cocaine or heroin casually without repercussions. I don't think casually use of a life destroying substance like heroin could exist. Aside from that, I enjoyed the book, although it is defiantly not a light read.
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.
Admirable as are other recent texts on atheism, this provides altogether remarkable clarity and thought with an admirable description of humanism and the good life.
Yes because having discovered Humanism myself and dumping the fears imposed by organised Religion I'd like others to discover what I have....and importantly THINK about it and for themselves.
God is an interesting character but hardly a favourite.
It was fine but wish AC Grayling would read his books...he has such a great speaking voice as can be seen on You Tube.
Most gods are monsters...if you read about them.
Glad I bought it.
"Excellent book dreadful narration"
Razor sharp insight as one would expect from AC Grayling - an excellent book. The narration leaves a lot to be desired. My theory is that the narrator was given the wrong script at the recording studio and read Gayling's book rather than the Flintstones cartoon he was hired to do.
Buy the paper book not the audio version.
"Worth listening to"
Good content well put. Some arguments a bit difficult to follow listening to audiobook, definitely one to be concentrating on.
Arguments for humanism started on the assumption that we all want 'the good life' for ourselves and other people - I wish he had covered the reasons why. ie 'without religion, why do good at all? Why want anyone to be happy?' Of course he quite rightly pointed out that being good to others because you want to is much better than being good to others for fear of punishment by a deity.
"American reader otherwise a fantastic book"
I got a bit lost in the first part where he discusses why religion isn't necessary as I'm already a non believer. The second part is about why humanism is godd for all of us
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