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Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. Keith Ward approaches the subject with true intellectual rigour and presents his case well. I wish there were more speakers and authors who could present the intellectual side of the Christian argument as well.
I also appreciate his critique of the very popular but intellectually poor (but rarely questioned) work of Dawking who does himself no favours with his obvious closed minded bias, but who doesn't need to in order to sell well as sadly it is never challenged in the public arena.
Great stuff, thoroughly recommended
Some background noise on the recording, but good content - would be great to give a bit more detail (e.g. recommended books for further reading)
Listening to Keith Ward's attack on Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and others I was struck by his ability to convince himself that he had found a single straw with which to demolish their arguments that god was created by and is a figment of man's imagination. Philosophy meets quantum physics. If consciousness is without time or space and you want to call that consciousness ???god???, so be it. But how passionately he wielded that straw! He blathered on for 40 minutes - without ever attempting to connect the dots from god to Jesus (his preferred saviour) the scriptures, teachings and mind-numbing contradictions in his religion. He avoids explaining why he refuses to use his 'god-given gift' of a rational mind in these matters and instead is content to let ancient (not even original) superstition and dogma rule. But perhaps he was just having a bit of fun at a fellow academic's expense. Certainly his audience seemed to enjoy it ??? after all he does a fine impersonation of Kenneth Williams. But Williams made a lot more sense.
"Why There Is Almost Certainly a God"
This audio book is excellent. Unfortunately none of Keith Ward's books are available in Audible.com yet. Juan Pineda
"One point out of five for effort"
This isn't worth the cost of purchase, nor the time to listen. As a Lecturer in Logic, Keith Ward should know that he can't answer a question by begging it. He starts out by doing exactly what he ridicules Dawkins for. Then the only arguments he offers are caricatures of physics by faceless scientists, a technique often employed by the likes of Kent Hovend and son. By the end, he utterly fails to establish "Why There Is Almost Certainly a God," unless you accept the existence of his god a priori. Sadly, Richard Dawkins does a much better job of punching holes in the arguments for a god than Ward and others do of patching them up.
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