Monday, April 14, 2008

A Mathematician Takes On God

From Faith flunks the logic test by Phillip Manning:

Who isn't an atheist (or agnostic) these days? The Celebrity Atheist Web site ( lists hundreds of movie stars (Angelina Jolie and Woody Allen, for example), business tycoons (Bill Gates and Warren Buffett) and scientists (Steven Pinker and Steven Weinberg) who don't believe in God. Books by nonbelievers abound. The biologist Richard Dawkins came out with "The God Delusion" a little over a year ago, and Christopher Hitchens jumped on the bandwagon recently with "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything." These writers not only don't believe in God, they are downright hostile toward God.

The latest book debunking God has a lighter tone. John Allen Paulos aims to prove -- with logic, dry wit and a mild manner -- that God does not exist. Despite his less rancorous approach, Paulos is dead set against the idea of God. "Why postulate a completely nonexplanatory, extra perplexity to help explain the already sufficiently perplexing and beautiful world?" he asks.
The book is called Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up. John Allen Paulos has a website. You can find it right here.

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