Vincent Bugliosi turns his critical eye on both religious believers and the atheists who reflexively oppose them. Here he indicts both camps and argues that agnosticism is the most responsible position to take with regard to such eternal questions as the existence of God. Bugliosi examines such developments as the decline of belief in evolution and the disturbing vengefulness of God, as depicted in the Old Testament. He also questions that an all-powerful and all-knowing creator would have so badly miscalculated free will, leaving human beings to persecute and murder each other. Vincent Bugliosi sets a new course - a middle path that urges us to recognize the limits of what we know, and what we cannot know, about the ineffable mysteries of existence.
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"Destined to be a classic, Bugliosi's Divinity of Doubt sets a new course amid the explosion of best-selling books on atheism and theism." (FSB Media)
Not quite what I was hoping for. Given the lack of books about agnosticism, I am glad for anything. The bulk of the book is full of criticism for the circular logic of omnipresence deists use, kind of like picking on a cripple. The first and last chapters contain the real heart of the matter I was hoping to learn about: the elevation of doubt as a spiritual belief. That said, Bugliosi is a clear and entertaining writer, using his keen legal mind to take on Paul and Ezekiel as well as Billy Graham and Dawkins. There are nuggets of pure genius as he contradicts himself and disparages the witness. As only a man who has been in a spitting match with Johny Cochran, he mercilessly tears apart the flawed logic of atheists and the religious faithful. I only wish he didn't attack the most obviously ridiculous acts of Christians (the crusades, the inquisition, papal infallibility, ect) and took a look at the work of those struggling with their doubt and trying to make sense of belief or faith.
I'd give it 5 stars if not for the chapter dealing with evolution. His understanding of how evolution works is rather flawed. He also rambles way too long about his cat at the end of that same chapter.
But don't let it keep you from reading on.
I'm looking for books about belief right now, specifically how mass delusion occurs (religion) in biological terms.
I often find myself flabbergasted at the ludicrous things religious people say, so I don't have quick responses because I just don't think that irrationally. Bugliosi has some pretty good ideas/arguments for atheism. He says he's agnostic, but you don't hear any "maybe"s in anything he writes. Coming from a renowned lawyer, I think he has some really simple and obvious arguments/ideas, and points out a bazillion flaws in the Christian religious text and subsequent teachings. Having grown up on a bible college campus, I didn't find that anything he writes is foreign to me. He just puts it in way that I will be able to use in conversation if I have the misfortune to encounter more religious absurdities...
He is just so realistic, so simple, so rational. How could anyone not reflect on their beliefs after hearing/reading this.
Haven't heard Mel Foster before, but he was easy to listen to.
He certainly doesn't think "God" is a question. It's just a matter of thinking rationally. So maybe "The God Question Answered"
Because of medical issues, I find it hard to concentrate, but this is the only audio book so far that I have listened to straight through.
There isn't much to say. I saw an interview with the author and HAD to read the book. In stark contrast to Dawkins, Bugilosi suggests that Agnosticism is the only logical way to be. Whereas, Dawkins basically calls us cowards (I still like Dawkins, regardless). It's a well planned and well reasoned book. Worth the time!
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