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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry


Outgrowing Dawkins: God for Grown-Ups

by Rupert Shortt, SPCK Publishing, 2019

with the author, Rupert Shortt, and a response from James Orr.
Jointly organised with the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.


In his latest book Outgrowing God, Richard Dawkins tries to show that all religious belief is intellectually nonsensical. But does he even understand what he rejects? Rupert Shortt's incisive rebuttal exposes the main flaws in Dawkins’s arguments—his weakness for crude caricatures, selective way with evidence, ignorance of philosophy, history and theology, and even his questionable interpretations of science.

Rupert Shortt is religion editor of The Times Literary Supplement and a Research Associate at the Von Hügel Institute, University of Cambridge. His books include Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack (2012), Rowan’s Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop (2014), God Is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (2016), and Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good? (2019).

James Orr is University Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge and Founder and Director of ‘Trinity Forum Cambridge’. He is the author of The Mind of God and the Works of Nature: Laws and Powers in Naturalism, Platonism, and Classical Theism (2019).

Free entrance, followed by refreshments.

Thursday, 28 November, 2019 - 16:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
St Edmund's College, Garden Room (Library Building)



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