Darwin's Angel

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Darwin's Angel is one of many books published in response to Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion. It was written by John Cornwell and subtitled An Angelic Riposte to The God Delusion.

Cornwell runs a "Public Understanding of Science" program at Jesus College, Cambridge, and has previously written reviews of religious and scientific books, including other works of Dawkins. He stated that he finds The God Delusion harmful in its failure to tackle the problem of extremism, and wrong on many important issues.


In this book, Cornwell adopts the persona of the guardian angel of Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel, who is now looking after Richard Dawkins. He pens a letter to Dawkins in 21 chapters.
  1. A Summary of your Argument suggests that Dawkins regards all claims about God's existence as "the exclusive province of science and reason".
  2. Your Sources suggests that the book ignores distinguished scholarship and uses inappropriate sources.
  3. Imagination suggests that Dawkins takes things too literally.
  4. Beauty suggests that Dawkins misunderstands the links between beauty, creativity and faith, and suggests he studies George Steiner, William Blake, T. S. Eliot and C. S. Lewis.
  5. What is Religion suggests that religion is not science and that Dawkins should study sociologists of religion such as Émile Durkheim.
  6. Is God...... ...
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