Richard Dawkins’ new book, The God Delusion, has received some mixed reviews.
For Joan Bakewell, Dawkins’ theory of why religious belief has persisted through the ages – that it is meme which has become become outdated because evolutionary biology makes faith unnecessary – is “interesting”. She applauds the “arch-enemy…[of Creationists and believers]” for his attack on the irrationality at the heart of religion and religious intolerance, which are “staging a global comeback of terrifying proportions”.
Perhaps it is partly because Dawkins’ theory is based on his concept of memes that Andrew Brown found the book “incurious, dogmatic, rambling and self-contradictory“. For Brown, “it’s a shame” to see Dawkins “reduced to one long argument”.
The Guardian published an extract from the first chapter of the book last weekend; below is The Root of All Evil, Dawkins’ recent two-part BBC documentary about religion.
Update: Jeremy Paxman interviews Dawkins for Newsnight’s book club (via Pharyngula):