'A great read. Rupert Shortt demolishes Richard Dawkins's arguments with consummate elegance.'
'A bracing demonstration that a Christian can myth-bust an atheist quite as effectively as vice versa.'
In his latest book Outgrowing God, Richard Dawkins tries to show that all religious belief is intellectually nonsensical and thus highly damaging in practice. But does he even understand what he rejects? In this incisive rebuttal, Rupert Shortt exposes the main flaws in Dawkins's arguments - his weakness for crude caricatures, selective way with evidence, ignorance of philosophy and history as well as theology, and even his questionable interpretations of science. At the same time Outgrowing Dawkins demonstrates the coherence of a mature, self-critical faith and its contribution to human progress.
Rupert Shortt is Religion Editor of the Times Literary Supplement and a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. His recent books include Christianophobia: A Faith under Attack (2012), Rowan's Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop (2014), God is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (2015) and Does Religion Do More Harm than Good? (2019).