The whole book is so lucidly written that it almost undermines its purpose by allowing the reader to just flow along with it. The first part is both punchy and snarky at moments, making it enjoyable, if you agree with it, and I imagine, frustrating and annoying, if you you disagree with it. The second part is practically a manifesto for a humane vision for people on the earth.
AC Grayling has set out to make his case against religion and for humanism. Let me make comments on each section.
In Part I, Grayling makes the case against religion. Though Grayling does make some good points, I didn't find anything new or necessarily deep. As some reviewers have already noted, "The God Argument" lacks sufficient depth to deal with many of the arguments addressed. Since many arguments aren't given an in-depth treatment, unless you already agree with Grayling, I don't see many being persuaded by his case. Of course, I may be overstating things because even though lacking in depth, Grayling is clear, concise, and gets across many great points, which I agreed with. Also, given the succinctness of the discussions, I was hoping for a full bibliography where I could look further at the arguments. Alas, these were lacking. There are only 41 references in the whole book!
In Part II, Grayling makes the case for humanism. This is where the book shined. As a self-described humanist myself, I didn't need to be won over, but Grayling does a masterful job of explaining humanism and why it is the best system to guide our lives with. The section of the book on secularism was particularly good because you don't have to be a non-believer to be a secularist.
Overall, not a bad book. For all its faults, it is still worth a read, especially for Grayling's case for humanism.
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