I am extremely impressed with how well Richard kept this text interesting and enlightening. I want to tell everyone about this book so that they can see the logic of atheism.
Dawkin's piece 'The God Delusion' is one of the most eye-opening works I have ever read. My original intent was to gain much needed perspective on religion and how it affects society. What I got was an amazing and inspiring explanation of the secular world view.
Brilliant. Just brilliant. Highly recommend to anyone that's a human being. I couldn't imagine anyone other than Richard and Lalla narrating his book. At no point was I not intrigued even though I had already shared the same views. Professor Dawkins brings to light all or most of the arguments to be made in contemplating the origins of life and morals of humans from both religious and scientific views in order to show the importance of science literacy, critical thinking, and the potential and actual destructive power of religion. I sincerely hope more of the American population and the rest of the world will open their views to reason. I can not say enough for this book.
Dawkins does an excellent job of covering the God Delusion as he calls it. The book is written much like a compelling scientific article rather than a book which may turn some readers off. Dawkins makes sure in each of his chapters to prove his argument sometimes using multiple facts/references/studies. Some might see this as redundant however when debating or discussing these sorts of topics it seems that religious people always have an answer to the atheist's argument. Dawkins helps to always educate you on the next move. The book is more educational and thought provoking than inspiring by my scale.
I read this book knowing that I didn't necessarily believe in a religion but unable to give a reason as to why beyond that it just didn't seem to add up. Having read this I am much more confident in my decision to declare myself an atheist as well as engage in civil conversation with those that disagree. If you are questioning the idea of religion this book will strongly sway you away from it chapter by chapter.
Finally the greatest takeaway for myself as a new parent is the thought of childhood indoctrination. Dawkins urges readers to take a stand when they hear adults declare children as Christians, Jews, or classify them in any other belief system before they are old enough to make the judgement themselves. (Listen to the audio sample) Often times we as parents force our way of thinking, either politically, economically, morally, and in this case religiously, on our children from an early age. Usually expressing that all other ways of thinking are incorrect for no other reason than we disagree with them. It's not fair to our children or to the benefit of society to not allow them to develop themselves and come to their own beliefs and values.
All together it was a very inspiring book especially for those who believe in science. Anyone questioning whether or not atheism is what they believe in should read this.
This book certainly gives it's share on the case against the existence of god with validity and eloquence. Some of the points listed and explanations I had previously encountered but not without a remarkable amount of new material I hadn't considered that contributed as well. As once a theist in my youth, rationalizing both sides is also a point Dawkins addresses, however the differences being on the burden of proof. Good read, recommend for Thiests as well as Athiests (Agnostics in the middle-ish too) who are curious on evidential factors.