I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
I must admit that I agree with much that Dawkins writes concerning religion. He goes into great detail to make his point, however to me his points are more about how religion has and is holding back science as well as holding on to its followers by the use of fear and less about "God." I guess that one can see that what is called "God" in a very individual concept.. The "God" that Dawkins writes of has a long white beard and lives on a mounttain. He is the "God" of the "Bible." which is not what some including myself see what is referred to as "God." So if you include this thinking in your reading the book is interesting, and worth a read.
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I really liked this book and found it to be very interesting. Any book that refers to both Carl Sagan and George Carlin has got to be good!
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
A bit Looong to get to the point, but it's very interesting. It moves better in the second part because it gets to the organized religion portion.
The book is very interesting and informative, and makes a great many good points. But, like others, I don't think much of his snarky, "anyone who doesn't think like me is a dummy" approach. If you hope to convert people, calling them idiots isn't really a recommended approach. I'm a Brit, and while I love the nasty British humour in a comedic setting, it doesn't play that well here in a more serious debate. The book is 4 stars for it's importance, but misses out on a top rating just because Dawkins is a bit of a "bleep" about it all.
I am so impressed with the writings of Mr. Dawkins--so much so, that my 11-year-old son listens to this audio, and reads it on his e-reader as well. My son is an avid reader, but it takes a great book to hold his attention. By age 5, he was reading @ a 10th-grade level. I feel very much at peace knowing he is getting a well-rounded idea from all aspects, including catholicism, gnosticism, atheism and just a good old-fashioned idea of free will, along with common sense--which I hope he uses to incorporate from any/none/all of the above-mentioned -isms to mold into his own beliefs.
More humanity has been killed and maimed in the name of religion than all the world's wars combined.
This book is a must listen for anyone who has doubts about the existance of a God. masterfully narrated,
and a prime example of why I've become hooked on audio books on long automobile trips.
The narrative is a pretty good arguement, but I guess I'm not into the British accent in narration. Kind of quite and smooth. The duo aspect is refreshing.
Dawkins is one of the true treasures of our time. His intelligence compels us to do more and think more.
This is the best defense of reason that I have ever seen.
McCarthy king Martin Abercrombie Sanderson and Tolkien My favorite book as of 900 listened to ... Sutree
wonderfully british , dawkins uses a velvet hammer to smash through to the truth .
As a Christian, I began listening to The God Delusion with a certain amount of trepidation that my faith might be substantively challenged. I have concluded the book with the contrary perspective that my faith has been substantively strengthened. If this book represents the best arguments from one of the brightest minds, then Christianity has nothing to fear from atheistic secular humanism. Dawkins has been referred to as Darwin's bulldog, but Darwin's pussy cat might be a more accurate appellation - for his arguments lack any teeth. I expected a scientist like Dawkins to provide conclusive facts and proofs in support of his position. Instead, what I encountered were a slew of opinions, theories, and fallacious arguments. By fallacious arguments, I mean that virtually all of his arguments exhibited one or more fallacies in structure or content - fallacies that almost anyone could spot. The worst fallacies in the book are in the categories of faulty generalizations (cherry picking, composition, false analogy, circular reasoning and hasty generalization), red herring fallacies (including straw man, argument from silence, association fallacy, and chronological snobbery), propositional fallacies (existential fallacy and proof by example) and most commonly, the fallacy of judgmental language. (You can look at the list of fallacies in wikipedia and find a good number of them represented in Dawkins' book). Dawkins argues religion against science and uses specific instances from not only across all of Christendom, but across all religions in the world and generalizes the specific instances to be representative of religion in general. He refers to anyone who agrees with him as enlightened, intelligent, thinking, reasonable, etc., and all (including some specific distinguished scientists) who disagree with him as ignorant, delusional, unreasonable, unthinking, abusive, etc. etc. Regardless, Dawkins has been rendered irrelevant by fellow atheists Foucault, Derrida and Rorty.