Summary

In his provocative new book, evolutionary biologist Jerry A. Coyne lays out in clear, dispassionate detail why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion - including faith, dogma, and revelation - leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions. Coyne is responding to a national climate in which over half of Americans don't believe in evolution (and congressmen deny global warming), and warns that religious prejudices and strictures in politics, education, medicine, and social policy are on the rise.
Extending the best-selling works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, he demolishes the claims of religion to provide verifiable "truth" by subjecting those claims to the same tests we use to establish truth in science. Coyne irrefutably demonstrates the grave harm - to individuals and to our planet - in mistaking faith for fact in making the most important decisions about the world we live in.
©2015 Jerry A. Coyne (P)2015 Tantor
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"[T]his is an important book that deserves an open-minded readership." ( Kirkus)
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By Shaun Cross on 01-11-16

The world needs to know this.

A balanced and reasoned blend of arguments and statistics; yet pulls no punches. The narrator, Joe Barratt, is simply wonderful.

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By Mrodgers69 on 08-08-16

Another excellent book full of information

This book was excellent and exactly what I expected. The title says it all. I highly recommend it.

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By Samuel on 05-08-15

Jerry Coyne Does It Again

Ever since I stumbled across Coyne's "Why Evolution Is True" I've watched many of his lectures and talks. This book does not disappoint. It shows the inconsistencies latent in attempting to merge faith in a westernized personal Judeo-Christian God with what we've discovered about nature thus far. Excellent read and I definitely recommend the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andreas Gosberg on 11-09-15

A compelling case against superstition

A systematic and concise treatise of why religion has nothing of value to offer to society. It is a difficult read for both sides of the divide. How can one rationally argue the irrational?

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