I bought this book last week to read on the train back to Leicester. I thought to get it as I thought it would be nice to read something negative about memes. Most of the books I’ve read on memes are pro-memetics, but so far I haven’t been fully convinced. The front cover also promised that it would be a challenging read:
In this remarkable book, Alistair McGrath challenges Dawkins on the very ground he holds most sacred – rational argument – and disarms the master.Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project.
On the back cover are some other good quotes:
A tour de forceSimon Conway Morris, Cambridge University
A devastating critiqueDavid N. Livingstone, Queen’s University, Belfast
A wonderful book…This is scholarship as it should be – informed, feisty and terrific fun. I cannot wait to see Dawkins’ review of Alistair McGrath’s critique.Michael Ruse, Florida State University
I wish I’d got that book. That book sounds like fun. The book between those covers was rather limp in comparison. McGrath closes his book by saying the discussion barely scratches the surface of Dawkins’ claims and that much more work needs to be done. So it’s depressing when the final quote on the back from the Times Higher Education Supplement reads:
McGrath has written a brilliant book, and it is difficult to think that his exposition of Dawkin’s writings and their religious implications will ever be better stated, explored and criticized.
It’s not an awful book but it’s patchy.