Subscribe now

The God Reality: A Critique of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion

By Rob Slane
July 2009 | Review by Andrew Rowell


The God Reality takes Professor Dawkins' main arguments and shows the many flaws and falsehoods they contain. It aims to embolden Christians to stand up for their beliefs in the face of an increasingly sceptical and hostile world and to cause atheists to question whether the assumptions which underpin their faith are really as logical and as sound as they think.

  • Publisher: Day One Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1846251269
  • Pages: 80
  • Price: £4.39
Buy this book »

Book Review

This is a short booklet which critiques The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. It responds to the seven major themes covered in Dawkins’ book and aims to do two things — firstly, to help Christians respond to the new atheism, and, secondly, to challenge atheists to consider the assumptions which underpin their faith.
Originally each of the chapters were articles for an evangelistic church newsletter, which have now been put together to form this booklet. On most pages there is a highlighted box providing an important point from the text.

The key chapter in Dawkins’ book (and the only chapter where he really attempts to defend his main proposition) is that from which the notorious bus adverts came — ‘Why there is almost certainly no God.’

Rob Slane has written two replies in response to this. His first examines Dawkins’ version of the ‘But who made God…’ argument. He argues that it is more reasonable to think of an eternal Creator bringing time, space, and matter into being than to think that they arose on their own. I think Alvin Plantinga’s assessment is helpful at this point; namely that Dawkins’ problem is that he argues against theism by assuming naturalism.

In the second response, Slane attacks Dawkins’ faith in natural selection. In some places the author uses arguments I would not use; for example, he asks why are there still bacteria if natural selection is so powerful.

The remainder of the book deals with Dawkins’ arguments about morality and his speculations about its origins. There are some very helpful arguments (especially in these later chapters) that will help Christians who feel they ought to read Dawkins’ book.

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Why Should I Trust the Bible?

We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Who Am I? Human Identity and the Gospel in a Confusing World
Thomas Fretwell

In today’s secular society, religion is often regarded as without rational or scientific basis, and therefore irrelevant to life in the modern world and all areas of public engagement. If that is our social context, then it is no wonder…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Pastor’s Life: Practical Wisdom from the Puritans
Matthew D Haste & Shane W Parker

This book highlights ‘some of the many lessons that today’s pastors can learn from the Puritans’ (p.151). As such it is aimed at pastors, but the lessons are really for anyone who is a Christian leader. The opening chapter provides…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God’s Faithfulness in the History of the Church
Stephen J Nichols

What a breath of fresh air this book is! Stephen Nichols has given us 40 vignettes from church history that are brief enough to be digested over a bowl of cereal. The book doesn’t aim to be a beginner’s guide…