Review: Against Religion by Tamas Pataki


Recovering Lost Narcissism

There have been a slew of books recently on the invalidity of faith—motivated in part, one suspects, by the cheeky desire to goad and provoke. The best known perhaps is The God Delusion, in which Richard Dawkins contends that the belief in God is both delusional and pernicious. Dawkins’ central argument is that “any God capable of designing a universe, carefully and foresightfully tuned to lead to our evolution, must be a supremely complex and improbable entity who needs an even bigger explanation than the one he is supposed to provide.” Thus, the God hypothesis is very close to being ruled out by the laws of probability. Christopher Hitchens’ God is not Great covers much of the same ground but treats the topic more humorously, more irreverently and, if possible, even more provocatively. His focus is less on the innate human need for religion and more on its socio-political uses and dysfunctions.  MORE>

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