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The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions (Paperback)
Militant atheism is on the rise. Prominent thinkers including Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have published best-selling books denigrating religious belief. And these authors are merely the leading edge of a larger movement that includes much of the scientific community. In response, mathematician David Berlinski, himself a secular Jew, delivers a biting defense of religious thought. The Devil's Delusion is a brilliant, incisive, and funny book that explores the limits of science and the pretensions of those who insist it is the ultimate touchstone for understanding our world.
"Powerful, erudite and often savagely funny."—Globe and Mail (Best Books of the Year)
"With high style and light-hearted disdain, David Berlinski deflates the intellectual pretensions of the scientific atheist crowd. Maybe they can recite the Periodic Table by heart, but the secular Berlinski shows that this doesn't get them very far in reasoning about much weightier matters."—Michael J. Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box
“In a brief review, it’s impossible to convey not just the complexity of some of these issues, but the clarity, keenness, and breadth of learning that Berlinski brings to bear on them.”—American Spectator
"David Berlinski plus any topic equals an extraordinary book."
"Berlinski's book is everything desirable: it is idiomatic, profound, brilliantly polemical, amusing, and of course vastly learned."—William F. Buckley Jr.
"A powerful riposte to atheist mockery and cocksure science, and to the sort of philosophy that surrenders to them. David Berlinski proceeds reasonably and calmly to challenge recent scientific theorizing and to expose the unreason from which it presumes to criticize religion."—Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University