About a week ago I started reading Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion. I'm around about one third of the way through, and already it is, without question, the best non-fiction book I've ever read. There is quotable passage after quotable passage. They're all extremely educational.
Yesterday on my way home, I read my favourite passage yet, and it's not even a Dawkins original. He's quoting an answer given by Jim Watson to a proposition posed in an interview that science is all about how things work and religion is about what it's all for.
Well I don't think we're for anything. We're just products of evolution. You can say, "Gee, your life must be pretty bleak if you don't think there's a purpose." But I'm anticipating having a good lunch.
How brilliant is that? The other quotable quote from The God Delusion which I quite like is from Bertrand Russell who...
...was asked what he would say if he died and found himself confronted by God, demanding to know why Russell had not believed in him. 'Not enough evidence, God, not enough evidence.'
What a wonderfully witty and truthful reply. Maybe I'm making The God Delusion sound like a book of quotable quotes; it's not. It is, as I said at the outset, the best non-fiction book I've ever read.