Whatever your personal beliefs (and I imagine
among the readership of this ezine they are both diverse and
strongly held) I suggest that there is one thing that the
majority of us would be able to agree on, which is that whether
we believe in one God, or many, or in none at all, we agree that
any deity worthy of our belief is not only robust enough to be
able to handle us little people questioning our beliefs as a
process of growing, but would actually welcome this process as
preferable to blind acceptance.
If you agree with this statement, then you should consider
spending a few minutes reading the 6,000 word excerpt from
The God Delusion
at BookBrowse, which will give you a very
good flavor of the book - enough to know whether you'll want to
read it in full, and likely enough to...
Beyond the Book
was born Clinton Richard Dawkins in March 1941 in Nairobi, Kenya. When
he was eight his family moved to England where he attended Oundle School, and then
Balliol College, Oxford, where he obtained a second class BA degree in zoology in
1962, followed by MA and DPhil degrees in 1966.
He describes his childhood as "a normal Anglican upbringing", but started to
doubt the existence of God when he was about nine years old. He later
reconverted persuaded by the argument that a designer had been necessary to
create the universe. However in his teens, when he better understood evolution,
he came to the conclusion that evolution could account for the complexity of
life and that a designer was not necessary.
For two years starting...