It Figures

I was checking out the reviews for Dan Barker’s new anti-God book and saw this:

In the foreword, Richard Dawkins explains that he got more flak for one particular sentence in the God Delusion than the rest of the book combined: “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

Apparently, Dawkins wanted to write a book defending the sentence but didn’t know the bible well enough. Who better to take up the mantle than an ex-preacher? So Dan Barker did the job, with one chapter for each description in that sentence. The result is a highly readable smackdown of biblical proportions.

LOL. So Dawkins made a specific claim in his book and didn’t know how to defend it? I’m shocked. Shocked, I say. And yes, an ex-preacher (who also is co-president of the FFRF) would be the perfect choice to cherry pick and take things out of context for a blazing display of confirmation bias. Dawkins fires his arrows and Barker is there to paint targets around whatever they land on.

I wonder if they’ve ever paused to consider that it would not be hard to make most of that description fit…..Richard Dawkins. 😉

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3 Responses to It Figures

  1. Tim Lambert says:

    Hold on to your hat, Mike!
    But that review goes on to say that the book offers EIGHT NEW ADJECTIVES to add to Dawkins’ emotional rant.
    I would love to meet this crack team of atheists that were able to conjure up 8 more adjectives. That’s impressive stuff. All of the mental power that a sneer requires…. TIMES 8!

  2. TFBW says:

    That’s not just a sneer, it’s a scornful, rancorous, antagonistic, imperious, arrogant, supercilious, contumacious, professorial sneer. Don’t try it at home, kids — you’ll strain a facial muscle.

  3. Dhay says:

    It’s interesting to look at the book’s cover design, to see how, and as what, it is being sold: Richard Dawkins’ name is as prominent, or because it is in the same or similar font size and (being longer) occupies full book cover width, is more prominent than Dan Barker’s name; Dawkins’ prominent name is in the again most prominent and generally first-noticed top position, underneath the relatively inconspicuous “Foreword by”, whereas Barker’s less prominent-looking name is down at the bottom, where the eye travels last.

    My eyes and impressions tell me that, on that all-important (in a bookstore) first casual glance, the book gives the impression it is by Dawkins, not Barker. I’d say the cover designers had every intention of selling the Barker book on the Dawkins name.

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