rating: 4 of 5 stars
Keith Ward is one of my all-time favourite theologians. He is entertaining to listen to – full of wit- and his books generally (with the exception of Pascal’s Fire) are pacey and a delight to read.
This book is a direct response to Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion. It is one of several books that have emerged from theologians and other Christian thinkers in what has come to be called the “Oxford God Debate”.
The book is structured in chapters directly tackling specific chapters in Dawkin’s book. It is a short book(155pp)and not overly technical.
Ward’s main approach is to tackle Dawkins on metaphysical grounds. He shows how exceptional Dawkins’ materialism is in historical terms; and how contestable it is today; both as a metaphysical position and even in terms of science, especially in light of the most recent thinking in physics and cosmology.
Ward’s main focus is the question of the reality of consciousness, value and purpose.
The book shows clearly that belief in God is rationally viable.