Category Archives: book reviews

Rosenhouse on Ruse on atheism

The amiable and temperate Jason Rosenhouse has cut way back on posting on his Evolutionblog, which is a great pity as he always had thoughtful and substantive things to say. Perhaps he’s tired or writing or is occupied with other things, and I can understand that; but I’d like to see him to post a bit more often than […]

The New York Times reviews books by Rabbi Sacks and Sam Harris/Maajid Nawaz

In the Sunday New York Times book-review section, Irshad Manji, writer, moderate Muslim—moderate enough to have received many death threats—and teacher at New York University, has reviewed the new book by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz (Islam and the Future of Tolerance), which I’ve read, as well as Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religous Violence, a new […]

Is the autism pandemic real?: a new book

What’s clear in the U.S. is that diagnoses of autism have increased tenfold over the last three decades; what’s unclear is why. Possible answers are many, including (of course) vaccination, which has been exculpated; a better ability of doctors and psychologists to diagnose autism, a change in the criteria for diagnosis (the DSM, for instance, expanded […]

Alex Rosenberg has a novel

Duke philosophy professor Alex Rosenberg, best known to us for The Atheist’s Guide to Reality, an uncompromising and “strident” book about nonbelief, now has a new book: a historical novel! It’s called The Girl from Krakow, and here’s the summary from Amazon: It’s 1935. Rita Feuerstahl comes to the university in Krakow intent on enjoying her freedom. […]

A new book for secular parents: how to tell your kids about God and religion

This book, which came out in March, may be useful for secular parents. It’s by author and journalist Wendy Thomas Russell, and called  Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk To Your KidsWhen You’re Not Religious. If you click on the secreenshot below, you’ll go to an interview on PBS between Russell and Jeffrey Brown: […]

Ed Suominen reviews FvF

Ed Suominen was once an adherent to Laestadianism, a hyper-conservative Lutheran sect with some truly bizarre dogma (they think, for instance that only the roughly 60,000 members of that faith will go to heaven, and that everyone else will burn in hell).  But he abandoned that faith after realizing the value of evolutionary biology when it became useful for his computational work […]

A book review claims that there is no conflict between science and religion, but for dumb reasons

I’m not going to dissect every critical review of Faith versus Fact, for that way lies madness. But I will address a few critical reviews when they make points worth discussing. This one, in fact, says very little about my book, which I consider a bonus. The review, “Two-way monologue: How to get past science vs. religion” is actually […]

Steve Pinker reviews Faith versus Fact

In the latest issue of Current Biology, Steve Pinker has written a longish review (2 pages) of Faith versus Fact, and it’s free online (pdf at the link).  His review is called “The untenability of faitheism,” a title I like a lot. You can read it for yourself, but I’ll give two brief excerpts. The first […]

Michael Shermer’s “review” of Faith versus Fact

I put “review” in quotes above, because Michael Shermer’s precis of Faith versus Fact in the latest Scientific American isn’t really a review at all, but a further plumping for his claim that—as Sam Harris also espouses—science can hand us objective moral truths. (See Shermer’s new book, The Moral Arc, for a fuller exposition.) The full Sci Am piece is behind […]

Two critical reviews of Faith versus Fact

With the good reviews come the bad, and although I had predicted that Faith versus Fact would be uniformly panned by believers, a science journalist—John Horgan—has gone after it in both the Wall Street Journal (sadly, the article, “Preaching to the converted,” is behind a paywall) as well as in in his Scientific American blog, where he […]


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