Richard Dawkins New Book: “The Greatest Show on Earth”

I finally put in a pre-order for my copy of “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Now I won’t be as shunned by my godless friends. They were all threatening to use their copies as bats … to beat my head in if I didn’t buy a copy for myself.

It’s already been released in Europe. My photographer pal Pete already bought it, rubbed it in my face and (I think) has powerdrove through the sucker and enjoyed it.

I plan on passing my copy along after reading. Maybe I should buy multiple copies?

I also ordered a family pack of Snow Leopard and the FCP Upgrade (damn you Apple!). I really want one of those new iPod Nanos with a video camera. Must … resist … techgeek … satan … monster.


Update: PZ Myers (you may remember him from the visit to the Creation “Museum”) posted on “The Greatest Show on Earth” today and he says, “There are no more excuses. None.” And later he says:

“Dawkins’ new book is very much a grenade thrown right at the heart of the creationists. The God Delusion was a kind of wake-up slap to shake people into attention, and now The Greatest Show on Earth follows on to pound them into the ground with a fusillade of evidence backed up by sound theoretical explanations. It’s all beautifully explained, too, a kind of elegant overview of the various lines of evidence supporting evolutionary theory, with much of the discussion informed by an awareness of the kinds of denial creationists typically make.”

So pre-order now or travel to Europe and get a copy.

9 thoughts on “Richard Dawkins New Book: “The Greatest Show on Earth”

  1. Wow, Mark, your review is completely void of reference nor measure of professional expertise and background.

    How is your review different from any other creationist taking a jab at evolution?

    It’s not so much a critique as it is an echo of the same old “Christian” whiny response to a theory with so much evidence it puts insubstantial faith to shame.

    Good luck with those baseless critiques without substance. When you’ve got a review based on merit and evidence, I’ll consider your stance valid.


  2. Do you actually have any substantial objections to the points of my review? First what I see here is an ad hominem argument attacking my “expertise.” Then you declare that my review is whiny with no explanation of what is whiny about it.
    You also state that my faith is insubstantial but provide no explanation for this statement.
    Name calling is totally arbitrary and proves nothing. If I chose I could say the same about you.
    If anyone has objections to any specific point of my review, I welcome comments on my blog.

  3. Mark,

    You’ve demonstrated three things crystal clear.

    1. You don’t understand rhetoric. Had you read my response, you would know that I attacked your “review”, not your person. Had I attacked your person, that would measure up to an “ad hominem” attack. Which leads me to #2.

    2. You don’t know the definition of “ad hominem.” Look it up. It will serve you well. You verify you don’t know its meaning in the body of your review. I recommend a good editor.

    3. You ONLY read through page 9 of the book you claim to review. That’s it. If you read further than that, it is a mystery. Your entire review of a 400+ page book is of a few lines that appear in the first 9 pages. If you read about dating methods, proof of evolution through DNA (which your very own Christian leaders stand behind with great influence — See Francis Collins and Ken Miller)

    Had you read the book and demonstrated that you had absorbed the information and understood it, then refuted it, perhaps I would be able to discuss the book with you based on your expert analyses of the data and information within the book.

    If your blog were graded as coursework for any school or college, you demonstrably deserve an F.

    This is why I said you have a review without merit or evidence. How do you suggest I take you seriously?

    Did I review one paragraph on page 9 of “A Case for Christ”, mosey over to your blog and post a comment that says, “I have many problems with Strobel’s argument. You can read it at my blog here.”

    No. I didn’t. Does that make ANY sense to you?

    I’ll make you a deal. You give me a book to read. Any book. Make it TWO books. Some books with great meaning to you. I’ll read them from cover to cover and I’ll review it on my blog. I’ll even let you post my review on your blog and let your readers tear it to pieces or respond to it as they may. But you have to read and write a review on the entirety of “Greatest Show”.

    Cover to cover.

    We’ll do it concurrently and we’ll get mad hits on both our blogs, because it will get attention of other readers to see what we say.

    What do you say? Is it a deal?

    Let me know.

    This last part, I’ll even post to your little blog.



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