Waugh and the Atheist

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Date: Autumn 2009
From: Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies(Vol. 40, Issue 2)
Publisher: The Evelyn Waugh Society
Document Type: Book review
Length: 506 words
Lexile Measure: 1120L

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The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. 2006. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2008. 463 pp. $15.95. Reviewed by John Howard Wilson, Lock Haven University.

In the paperback edition of his bestselling book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins invokes the name of Evelyn Waugh three times. The God Delusion advocates atheism, so one might expect Dawkins to dismiss Waugh as a deluded Roman Catholic. Instead, Dawkins tries to enlist Waugh in his crusade against faith. This choice of an unlikely ally points to larger problems with The God Delusion.

In his preface to the paperback edition, Dawkins mentions a humorous passage, an "incongruous mismatch between a subject that could have been stridently or vulgarly expressed, and the actual expression in a drawn-out list of Latinate or pseudo-scholarly words...

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