The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions ★★★★☆

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Title: The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions
Series: ———-
Author: David Berlinski
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 258
Format: Digital Edition



The title really does sum this up. Written as a foil to Dawkin’s The God Delusion, Berlinski, a non-practicing Jew, shows just how shaky the ground is, philosophically AND scientifically, that many out-spoken atheists stand on.

Using humor, sarcasm and other rather ham handed approaches, Berlinski pokes the High Priests of Scyenze and lets the hot air out of them, much like a balloon. He doesn’t approach things form an angle of “They are wrong and I’m right” but more of a “their attitude is untenable given their arrogant, boasting statements about Faith and Religion”.


My Thoughts:

I had a hard time with this. Even while I agreed with much of what Berlinski wrote, I am not a fan of the style he uses, ie, poking the bear with a stick. The problem is, people like Hawkings, Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, etc, NEED to be poked. They are arrogant, proud, boastful and self-centered and all of their might and effort is put forth proving that God doesn’t exist just so that they don’t have to kneel before Him. Reading this was like getting a splinter removed with a needle. It was necessary and good but you don’t like the process.

I was high lighting sentences left and right on my kindle but I don’t care enough to type them all out. Honestly, I don’t know if I was the target audience for this or not. Berlinski is an Evolutionist but realizes that the pat “We Have All the Answers” attitude put out by the scientific community as a whole is a bunch of bologna. He pokes and pokes and shows that no, they don’t have all the answers. In fact, some of the contortions they must go through make the planetary epicycles of Ptolemy look positively straight!

The biggest thing I got was that most of the people he mentions by name are arrogant blowhards and that Pride shapes how they think and how they approach existence itself. Pride is what led to Satan’s fall from grace and Berlinski shows how Pride is still blinding people today, even people of great intellect.

Recommended as a Counter Cultural Argument against the monolithic religion of our day, Scyenze.



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15 thoughts on “The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions ★★★★☆

  1. Sooo, is this a book about atheists for non-atheists? Or…?
    I think in all this poking fun thing i kinda got lost.

    I started reading a book by Hitchens (I think it’s called God Is Not Great or something like that + a long ass “under title”), but got bored of it reaaaal quick. I mean, all he did was using weird examples to prove his own point, and not cuz they were facts or anything… That kind of stuff is not very interesting. For me anyway.

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    1. To boil it down:
      This is a book exposing militant atheists as hypocrites for ragging on religious people and faith, as much of what atheists believe must also be taken “on faith”.

      Does that help?

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  2. I’m pretty wary of all militant fundamentalists, on all sides of what they perceive as conflict 😉 Can’t say the title or the cover seem overly enticing, but I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. Glad to hear that you were able to get through this one. The writing style of that segment you once shared with was sure did annoy me and I can’t imagine having to go through countless pages of that. One thing’s for sure, arrogance by anyone isn’t the way to prove any point.

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    1. I’m going to have to disagree with you there. If the people you are mocking are arrogant shitheads who take themselves as serious as God, then the best medicine to poke their egos is to mock them mercilessly.

      But I do agree that it isn’t a pleasant way to pass the time :-/

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      1. Ahh, my philosophy is to not waste time with people who don’t even want to listen, and if they do listen, then arrogance is not a method I would employ. And then, if they don’t listen, making them therefore arrogant cruds, then there’s a high chance that I won’t waste my energy trying to prove any point since it’ll most likely enter from one ear and exit the other hahah

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    1. I really liked the ideas in the book, just not the presentation 🙂

      Considering how you’re not a big fan of talking about religion, or non-religion, I don’t think you’d get much out of this.

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  4. Yeah, can’t argue about not being a fan of any of those prominent atheists (I’ve read books by them all and was particularly unimpressed with Hitchen’s and Dawkin’s arguments- especially cos Dawkins comes across as ideologically inclined in his own right/aka I see him as peddling his own religion). But not sure I’d be a fan of the poking the bear with a stick style… then again I am always a fan of humour 😉 No idea if I’m the target audience or not tbh.

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