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.
If you start listening to this book and don't like the tone or the approach of Richard Dawkins, don't give up on it. While the first couple of chapters seem to have no purpose other than to bash religion, the book really takes off after this and he gets into a great thought provoking groove. He makes some great points about religion, in particular how we treat our children when it comes to religion. Even if you are believer, this books is worth listening to as it has the potential to open your mind to ideas you may not have considered before.
I listened to this book for three days and my wife could not understand why. I explained that all people have a right to there opinions as long as they don't cause physical harm to another. I must say after this book I was even more spiritual because he was right on a lot of subjects. It's hard to explain you just have to listen without anger or a closed mind. If you do you will understand what he's trying to say. This is what I got from him "I don't know if there is a GOD or not, all I know is people can be good without him". I have to agree with him even though I believe there "Is" a "Creator". My soul says so. Goodness is in the hearts and souls of us not in the religion we chose to practice. Very Good Book Worth You Attention.
Book really covers why we should embrace atheism and why we no longer need religion. I would recommend this book to anyone who has anything to do with religion for as described in the book as well, its best to explore all religions, thoughts, and ideas you have. Cant wait to read more of his books.
When I first listened to this book I was slightly impressed with it's content. However after listening I also decieded to listen to Ravi Zacharias, as was suggested by another reviewer, but also C.S. Lewis' book called, "Mere Christianity. Needless to say I was blown away by thier awsome defense of Christianity. I have to say now that I compare Richard Dawkins with the likes of C.S. Lewis It's like comparing Yosemite Sam to Plato.
Love the dry British humour. Drawkin presents a comprehensive layout of the whole basis of "faith" and how this term has been control people through the ages.
I am amazed at the number of readers who applaud this book. It is, in my mind, one of the clearest examples of the "straw man" logical fallacy I have read in many years. Dawkins arrogantly creates the illusion of refuting ostensible positions which are really just figments of his own creation. I laughed at many of his examples. If I could have rated this book lower than an one, I would have. I don't recommend it at all.
Very clear and a great argument for athiesm. A reminder to all that you don't need God for many things and in fact, don't even use God for them in the first place.
Well reasoned. If you are intellectual curious about life, this is a must read. Probably the most seminal book of its kind. To dismiss this book without discussion would be a mistake.
Finally... An explanation of why it is good to free your mind and think independently. I am planning to check other Richard Dawkins' books.