Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target

Started reading ‘Gunning for God’. This new book by Professor John Lennox tackles the new atheists’ (Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett and others) arguments and explains why they miss their target. Professor does so from a Christian Catholic point of view.

There are quite a few interesting quotations in the book from people belonging to both sides of the fence. Following quotations are some from Einstein:

– “science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

– “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from the religiosity of someone more naïve.”

– “the only incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible”

 

A good 4-page summary of the book is available at http://www.alisonmorgan.co.uk/Lennox2011.pdf

Deliverance from Error by Imam Ghazali

Read the English translation of  ‘Munkidh min al-Dalal’ (Deliverance from Error) by Muhammad Abulaylah.

It is a sort of intellectual autobiography of Imam Ghazali. Imam Ghazali talks about the spiritual crisis he went through and how he set out in quest of certain knowledge about the ultimate questions of life. He examined the beliefs and practices of all religious sects and philosophies prevalent at his time and ultimately found truth and certitude in the way of Sufis. In a very succinct way, he presents the gist of his intellectual and spiritual journey. It’s a must read being one of the most important classical Islamic books.