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“Berlinski knows his science and wields his rapier deftly. He makes great sport with his opponents, and his readers will surely enjoy it.”
—Tom Bethell, bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science

“A powerful riposte to atheist mockery and cocksure science, and to the sort of philosophy that surrenders to them. David Berlinski proceeds reasonably and calmly to challenge recent scientific theorizing and to expose the unreason from which it presumes to criticize religion.”
—Harvey Mansfield, Professor of Government, Harvard University

“Berlinski’s book is everything desirable: it is idiomatic, profound, brilliantly polemical, amusing, and of course vastly learned. I congratulate him.”
—William F. Buckley Jr.

“With high style and light-hearted disdain, David Berlinski deflates the intellectual pretensions of the scientific atheist crowd. Maybe they can recite the Periodic Table by heart, but the secular Berlinski shows that this doesn’t get them very far in reasoning about much weightier matters.”
—Michael J. Behe, Professor of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University, bestselling author of Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution

“David Berlinski plus any topic equals an extraordinary book.”
—Chicago Tribune


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Militant atheism is on the rise. In recent years Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have produced a steady stream of best-selling books denigrating religious belief. These authors are merely the leading edge of a larger movement that includes much of the scientific community.

In response, mathematician David Berlinski, himself a secular Jew, delivers a biting defense of religious thought. The Devil's Delusion is a brilliant, incisive, and funny book that explores the limits of science and the pretensions of those who insist it is the ultimate touchstone for understanding our world.

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L'avantage des grands esprits, c'est de s'exprimer clairement, et souvent brièvement ! Tel est le cas de David Berlinski, professeur de philosophie spécialiste d'épistémologie, et plus particulièrement des mathématiques.
Le propos de Berlinski est ici le suivant : que l'on croit ou non à dieu, tel est le problème de chacun et dépend de son intime conviction, mais dans un cas comme dans l'autre, il serait bon d'apporter au débat des arguments logiques, et non des anathèmes ou juste des idioties.

Berlinsky - qui se dit athée - ne fait en rien le procès de l'idée d'un monde sans Dieu : ce sont les arguments seuls, et la logique sur laquelle ils reposent, qui l'intéressent. Or, remarque t-il, les incroyants, sous prétexte de discréditer une idée qu'ils pensent non rationnelle, avancent souvent sans la moindre intelligence un bataillon d'arguments qui, in fine, ne font pas sens.
Premier exemple de Berlinski : selon les athées, on a tué tant et tant au nom de Dieu que, ne serait-ce que pour ça, il faudrait s'en passer. Or, remarque t-il, tous les meurtres perpétués par les athées du XXème siècle (démocides communistes, nazisme...) cumulent sur une période en soi restreinte plus de morts que toutes les guerres de religions n'en ont faites en 2000 ans. Le décompte n'est définitivement pas favorable aux athées, remarque t-il, et l'idée de Dieu semble finalement, à l'inverse de leur argument, avoir permis au cours de l'histoire une certaine retenue que le XXème siècle s'est empressé d'oublier !
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Excellent livre: érudit, sophistiqué, clair et précis. Berlinsky démasque l'athéisme haineux camouflé en "science".
Les icônes à la mode réduites à leur vraie dimension: vulgaires, mensongères, ignorantes et de mauvaise foi.
Je conseille aussi de voir sur internet la vidéodu film "Expelled: no intelligence allowed", une enquête sur les scientifiques américainsvirés de leurs universités pour avoir cité les mots "intelligent design".
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 (4.2 stars) The devil says, "There is no God." The book exposes this lie and reveals the instability of scientific atheism. 21 juin 2017
Par Dr. C.H.E. Sadaphal - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Don’t be put off-balance by the title of my review; this book does not use strictly “religious” or “Bible-based” arguments to poke holes in scientific atheism. Rather, it employs science, logic, philosophy and a healthy dose of common sense to poignantly illustrate that many of the scientific claims of atheism are quite unscientific. This, of course, comes from a man who is by no means anti-science. He just happens to believe that the great theories of science are not equipped to provide a reliable roadmap to navigate all of human experience. In the end, what you walk away with after reading The Devil’s Delusion is a biting and sarcastic deflation of a puffed-up worldview less God.

The author of The Devil’s Delusion, David Berlinski, is an ivy-League educated Ph.D (Princeton, philosophy) and was also a postdoctoral fellow in mathematics and molecular biology at Columbia University. (He is also a self-described “secular Jew.”) Generally speaking, his book provides a strategic, point/counter-point/point style argument that questions the validity of scientific analysis when it extends itself beyond answering, “How?” He elucidates that science is silent about God (i.e., gravity and random mutations have no opinion on the matter), and in many cases when science does overreach, the results can be monstrous.

In each chapter Berlinksi exposes the scientific pretensions that support the atheistic worldview. He interacts with some big ideas (e.g. morality, cosmology, fine-tuning of the universe, and Darwinian macroevolution by natural selection) and a large chuck of his arguments are constructed in response to notable atheists (e.g. Weinberg, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens). Because of this approach, the author can spend a paragraph or two with one idea (e.g. those from Pinker) while spending entire chapters scrutinizing the works of others (e.g. Richard Dawkins).

The author has a very sharp writing style that makes this book very quick and enjoyable to read. He has the unique ability to say much by writing very little. His execution is swift and his frequent use of piercing quips and acerbity left a smile on my face after turning every page.

In the end, The Devil’s Delusion takes a rational approach to challenge the pretensions held by those who have unyielding faith in scientific atheism. This makes theistic thought not only defensible, but a logical alternative after a scrupulous analysis of the alternatives.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must read! 17 janvier 2016
Par Mr. Tz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First off, Berlinski is NOT a Christian or according to him, even a good JEW. But he does a fantastic job at pointing out the atheistic and scientific pretensions happening and the outright attack on anyone who does not hold to the evolutionary theory.
Berlinski's writing style is just as he speaks. He's very articulate, thoughtful, and even witty.
A great read, and nice to see a non-Christian sticking up for people of other beliefs and theories.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 At least One thing exists Necessarily 5 juin 2017
Par Paragate - Publié sur Amazon.com
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David Berlinski is a God Send...and I mean that seriously as well as humorously, as he himself would enjoy such humor. His scholarship and wit made the book very light and enjoyable reading while being on a very deep subject.....the Existence or not, of a First Cause, that we refer to as God. He takes on today's leading Atheists, like Richard Dawkins and pretty much debunks their entire line of reasoning. The conclusion I reached is that if you are a little stupid, you will believe in God. If you are more intelligent, you will reject the idea, and claim that there cannot be a God, and if you are MUCH more intelligent, on the level Einstein, Newton, or Penrose....you come right back to believing in God again. The true Geniuses, mostly did accept the concept of God as viable, especially in light of the Big Bang, or Big Inflation....the first event we know of, 13.8 Billion years ago, that is still inflating and we live on it's 4 Dimensional surface....our Universe. I know that Hawking has changed his mind about God from his early years and now writes that God is not needed, to explain the Universe. Berlinski points out that no one has enough knowledge to say that. In fact, no one knows WHY the universe exists at all, let alone knowing the little bits and pieces we have about it's beginning. This book is VERY educational, and very enjoyable to read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Stunning and Enjoyable Book 5 novembre 2014
Par Richard B. Schwartz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a stunning and enjoyable book, stunning because the author combines a knowledge of philosophy, science, theology and history to make his points. This is rare. It is especially rare to see the leveraging of evidence from medieval Arabic thought, scholastic thought, Greek thought and the most up-to-date scientific thought.

The book is enjoyable because it is written in an accessible, lucid style by an individual who does not hesitate to skewer his opponents in comic, sarcastic fashion. He enjoys putting his fingers in the eyes of the pretentious and self-satisfied. What will further annoy them is that he is not a troglodyte or an oaf. He is a skilled, erudite and trenchant debater.

If there is a single identifiable thesis it is that for all of its accomplishments and for all of its heuristic value, science knows very, very little. At the same time it is heavily institutionalized and is at pains to demonstrate that it knows nearly everything, certainly that its models and shibboleths represent ‘settled science’.

In the course of the book the author challenges our cosmology, our neuroscience, our materialism, our Darwinianism and the speculative ‘conclusions’ of evolutionary psychology. He approaches Christian apologetics and arguments for the existence of God from a position of strength. He is an agnostic Jew, but one with an unforgiving knowledge of logic and epistemology as well as mathematics and the probabilism that accompanies it.

The book is a wonderful read, regardless of your own assumptions. It reminds us that after billions of dollars of investment and the proliferation of scientists across the planet, we are still at a very early point in our efforts to understand our universe. The book is an exercise in humility and we can never have too much of that. The blowhards who have too little of it are his very special targets.

Berlinski is a presence on the internet. I recommend his appearances on Uncommon Knowledge, the program that originates from the Hoover Institute at Stanford.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Always something new to think about! 4 juin 2012
Par R. R. Morris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A book primarily in response to Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" although there seems to be more comments centering on Stephen Hawking's three best sellers, 'Universe in a Nutshell", History of Time" and "The Grand Design." I must admit Berlinski explains much of Hawkings' theories much more clearly than Hawking himself does! Of course Berlinski highlights that much of those theories are mere speculation and unendorsable guesswork.

Dr. Berlinski handles Dawkins' (and many others') philosophies on atheism very well. He most effortlessly dismantles the so-called reasons the New Atheists use to support their atheistic thinking to such a point you have to wonder why or how they ever think such things in the first place, (if you already haven't, that is). The New Atheist's thoughts are more thouroughly considered, thus their senslessness exposed.

It was quite disturbing to me when Berlinski writes of how some atheistic religion-bashing scientists, on discussing the holocaust, advocate that the "Jews might have brought their troubles on themselves." Jews are a religion, but they also are born a nationality without option. To promote such an additude on a nation of people is far from the "rational" and "intelectuality", scientists insist they soley base their thinking on.

Dr Berlinski writes a conclusion I've always had that; the "landscape" thesis (mega-universes) falls into the "ptolemaic epicycles" catagory.

4 stars instead of 5 only because this book didn't have quite the "punch" that Dr Berlinski's "The Deniable Darwin" does. I guess, the "nuetural" nature of Dr. Berlinski's agnostism couldn't offer a lot of "positive" information. But still very worth taking the time to read.
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