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THE GOD DELUSION 1 Preface 5 Chapter 1. A deeply religious nonbeliever. 13 "Respect" 22 Chapter 2. The God Hypothesis 32 Polytheism 33 Monotheism 39 Secularism, the Founding Fathers and the religion of America 41 The Poverty of Agnosticism 49 NOMA 58 The Great Prayer Experiment 66 The Neville Chamberlain School of Evolutionists 71 Little Green Men 74 Chapter 3. Arguments for God's Existence 81 Thomas Aquinas's 'Proofs' 81 The Ontological Argument and other a priori arguments 84 The Argument from Beauty 90 The Argument from Personal 'Experience' 92 The Argument from Scripture 98 The Argument from Admired Role Models 103 Pascal's Wager 110 Bayesian arguments 112 Chapter 4. Why there almost certainly is no God 118 The Ultimate Boeing 747 118 Natural Selection as a Consciousness-Raiser 120 Irreducible Complexity 124 The worship of gaps 132 The Anthropic Principle: Planetary Version 142 The Anthropic Principle: Cosmological Version 151 An Interlude at Cambridge 162 Chapter 5. The Roots of Religion 170 The Darwinian Imperative 170 Direct advantages of religion 175 Group Selection 178 Religion as a byproduct of something else 181 Psychologically primed for religion 190 Tread softly, because you tread on my memes 204 Cargo Cults 217 Chapter 6. The Roots of Morality: why are we good? 224 Does our moral sense have a Darwinian origin? 227 A case study in the roots of morality 237 If there is no God, why be good? 242 Chapter 7. The "Good" Book and the changing moral Zeitgeist 251 The Old Testament 252 Is the New Testament any better? 266 Love thy neighbour 271 The Moral Zeitgeist 281 What about Hitler and Stalin? Weren't they atheists? 291 Chapter 8. What's Wrong with Religion? Why be so hostile? 299 Fundamentalism and the subversion of science 300 The Dark Side of Absolutism 304 Faith and Homosexuality 307 Faith and the sanctity of human life 311 The Great Beethoven Fallacy 319 How 'moderation' in faith fosters fanaticism 323 Chapter 9. Religion and childhood 331 Physical and Mental Abuse 336 In defence of children 347 An educational scandal 353 Consciousness-raising again 359 Religious education as a part of literary culture 363 Chapter 10. A much needed gap? 367 Binker 367 Consolation 372 Inspiration 383 The Mother of All Burkas 384 List of Books cited or recommended 401 Notes 409
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