Author: Vincent Bugliosi
Publisher: Vanguard Press
ISBN:  978-1-59315-629-9
 
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From the NY Times Bestselling Author of Helter Skelter, Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi pens his latest courtroom-type analysis.  On trial this time:  God or, if you like, god.
 
Many books have been written, perhaps too numerous to count, concerning the existence of God. Bugliosi acknowledges this and addresses the question, “why another book?” fairly early on.  He contends that previous authors have had a biased view:  either they are Christian apologists such as C.S. Lewis or they are myopic atheists, the likes of Richard Dawkins and his ilk.  Bugliosi asserts that he comes with little or no bias.  He is agnostic, meaning he doesn’t know for certain one way or the other.  So with his trial lawyer background and agnostic bent, he feels he can enter the fray. 
 
And oh boy, does he. 
 
First tackled are the basic arguments for there being a god:  the teleological (the tired, old “a watch has to have a watchmaker”)
argument and the cosmological (everything has a first cause, even the Big Bang) argument.  He reasons that the cosmological argument is a more sound and reasonable contention in the debate for god’s existence.  I tended to agree with him; but then, he had me at “hello”.

 
In a very well-researched manner, he negotiates the topics of the Christian god:  Jesus and God the Father.  He makes a pretty good case (one that I, in my own secret heart of hearts, have pondered) that the Father - let’s call him Big Daddy - is a monumental jerk.  If I was sitting next to Bugliosi on a stage somewhere, I’d be scooting a good distance away to avoid the lightening bolts that Big Daddy is getting ready to hurl down (I’m typing here with a smile on my face, just so you know I’m kidding… kind of). 
 
Bugliosi takes on the authenticity of the Bible and the ridiculousness of religions such as Catholicism and Fundamental Protestantism.  He also turns a critical eye upon Judaism and Islam since, at the core, they have the same god with some variations thrown in.  To keep it even-handed, he devotes a few pages each to Hinduism and Buddhism.  
 
The extensive use of endnotes caused much flipping back and forth while reading.  Although I was a bit aggravated that on one page I had to flip back four times to read all the endnotes, I loved every minute of it and wouldn’t have skipped over a single word.
 
In the end, I would say that Bugliosi’s work is intelligent, thought-provoking and superstition-challenging.  I highly recommend this book to all adults who grew up under the aegis of the “the church” and are recovering from its paradigm.
 

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