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Yes as there is so much detail and facts to remember!
The text helped one to detoxify from being brainwashed by religion in our society.
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I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone.
I must say that I'm a Christian atheist. I was raised as a Christian and became an atheist as I became more knowledgeable on history and science. It’s a path people must follow on their own. I don’t think arguing with someone will convince them to drop their religious beliefs. Even though you won’t won the discussion, you might plant a seed that may make people search for the truth themselves.
This book presents great arguments against how much time is wasted on religious practices and how prejudice from religious sources negatively impacts our society. The arguments are elegant and presented with a scientific approach.
On the down side, I don’t appreciate the sarcastic tone against religion, especially noted in the first two chapters. That might prevent people from having an open mind throughout the rest of the book. Also some arguments are sort of incomplete or use religious extremists as the only example.
Anyway, this is a must read if you are on the fence. Being on the fence probably means that you have a feeling that it can’t be true but haven’t exactly written down a list of plausible versus implausible arguments.
Two Suggested audible (even better if listened to before this one):
1. On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, Narrated by Richard Dawkins (ABRIDGED)
2. The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, by Robert Wright, Narrated by Greg Thornton
Physician, humanist, unbeliever.
Yes, it is very well written and very well documented. It gives you a lot of facts why "god" is just a human sense that can be clarified with science and reason.
All the book is very amusing to listen to. No favorite part, you can pick up anywhere and feel like you are investing your time in something useful.
Recommended to anyone. I think is one of those books that should be taught or obligatory reading in high-school and college, everywhere in the world. It will make things like the killings in the Muslim world for some pictures and movies of prophet Mohammed be seen as ridiculous and senseless.
Yes, readings by the author himself and Lalla Ward makes the book more conversational and succeeds in drawing its readers into its contents.
I have already introduced the book to a couple of my friends. I consider that Prof. Dawkins is honest and brave, but he misses the point.
I like it very much.
At many points I endorse what Dawkins criticises regarding the conventional Christianity both in the West and in the East. The reasons I wrote above ( he is wrong / he misses the point) are :
1) what the bible is concerned are related to things beyond "reason."
2) No one can find the English word "God" anywhere in the bible: both in the Hebrew and the Greek bibles. Strangely enough, most theologians and clergies are still concerned with minor problems and issues without seriously investigating -- the central problem and issue --what the English word "God" (and equivalent words in other vernacular languages) means for faith. The Hebrew original word which translators mistakenly translated as "God" is Elohim.The name is a complex and paradoxical name which cannot and should not be translated simply as "God". This is not a place to argue about the theological problems and issues regarding the divine names.
In the above sense and in short, I consider that Dawkins' s book title --The God Delusion -- is appropriate. I watched several interviews with Dawkins on TV , and my impression was also that many discussions were missing the point for the reasons I briefly mentioned above.
DJW in San Diego
Validation for athiests.
NOOOOO! It's over 17 hours! With under an hour daily to devote, it took me 3 weeks!
Richard Dawkins makes a compelling case not only for alternatives to a supernatural god, but also for coping with being an "island" among the religious. His knowledge of religious books, especially the christian bible, is amazing. Since old time gospel music always gives me chills and/or makes me tap my feet, I especially appreciated his thoughts on maintaining the comforting aspects of the faiths of our childhood. Another thing I really liked was that Richard and Lalla took turns reading. It really broke up any potential monotony of listening to the same reader for hours.
It could have been, but I did not enjoy the dual-narrator system. It did not seem consistent, and I think Prof. Dawkins is a fine-enough orator to have done it himself.
Just one, please.
If Christopher Hitchens hadn't used the title for his own book, "How Religion Poisons Everything" would have worked for this one.
Dawkins's "The God Delusion" is an all-encompassing look at the different basis behind "god" and the many different arguments to break down the illusion. Essentially an Atheist "Bible", it presents a view of the world based on science and reason, in a science laden but easily grasped way, and by reading aloud himself (along with his wife), Dawkins is able to give it the personal touch that may have been lacking from a narrator, and I do believe this helps reduce the difficulty. Anyone desiring an in-depth look into the history and reasons behind religion need look no further than this excellent piece of contemporary literary prowess.
As a Hindu, I was taught the stories in the holy books as figurative and for moral purpose. I thought same was true for Christians when I first came to United States for my undergraduate studies from Nepal. I had a chance to know Catholics and Mormons closely Soon,to my surprise, I realized people actually do believe in stories in Bible and other religious text literally. So, I wanted to know know more about Christianity which made the experience interesting.
I was already an Atheist before listening to the book. However,many times it would be difficult to articulate my ideas to others. The book presents some excellent logic and conclusions. It is mainly written by considering Christians as primary audience. Many times I was not able to grasp the full context and examples of few examples form Bible and Old Testament.Overall, it strengthened my belief about absence of God and evolution.
this book is written as an audiobook (the paper version came later) and is therefor very listenable. Enjoyed it a lot
I enjoyed the thinking behind the book, the theory the authors lay out to the listeners. Allthough in my opinion Dawkins gets sometimes carried away, his ideas are very interesting and worth thinking through