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A Devil's Chaplain

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Language  English
Pages  264 pp.
Dewey Decimal  500 21
Originally published  2003
Subject  Evolutionary biology
OCLC  52269209

Media type  Print, e-book
ISBN  0-618-33540-4
LC Class  QH366.2 .D373 2003
Author  Richard Dawkins
Country  United States of America
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Preceded by  Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
Similar  Richard Dawkins books, Evolution books

A Devil's Chaplain, subtitled Reflections on Hope, Lies, Science, and Love is a 2003 book of selected essays and other writings by Richard Dawkins. Published five years after his previous book Unweaving the Rainbow, it contains essays covering subjects including pseudoscience, genetic determinism, memetics, terrorism, religion and creationism. A section of the book is devoted to Dawkins' late adversary Stephen Jay Gould.

The book's title is a reference to a quotation of Charles Darwin, made in reference to Darwin's lack of belief in how "a perfect world" was designed by God: "What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering low and horridly cruel works of nature!"

Reception

Robin McKie reviewed the book for The Observer and stated that the book contained a mixture of touching essays and "the good, old knockabout stuff at which Dawkins excels".

References

A Devil's Chaplain Wikipedia


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