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.
I judge audiobooks on both content and narration - narration on this book was well done. It's more like an interesting lecture than a straight up reading of the book and I don't have a paper copy of the book to compare so it may well be a lecture instead of narration.
Content - I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but mark it down a bit in content because the author goes off on putting religious believers down a little too much. It's one thing to address their arguments, but making fun of them drops the case a bit. Although, for anyone concerned about it there's no hardcore "Christian bashing" - just a little "Can you believe they believe that stuff?" sort of thing.
I also think some of the arguments are as unfounded as the other side's. If you stick to pure logical arguments I don't think he does a good enough job proving that God doesn't exist. But to his credit - it IS a difficult task.
But overall it's a good listen and many of the arguments do hold true (like believing in an omniscient god because its safer than not believing then thinking that the god won't somehow know that you're only in it to save your skin being a little hypocritical).
All in all a good listen and I recommend it.
This is a good book for confirmed and closet atheists... and a good bait for religious people...
In this book, Dawkins does not expect to convert the truly religious, but hopes to nudge those sitting on the fence towards atheism. I think he will succeed in many cases.
I enjoy the author's enthusiasm, which is even more evident in this audio format. The dueling narration by Dawkins and his wife Lalla Ward works well. I found the quality of the audio and narration to be top notch.
Kids have imaginary friends. Adults have God.
Dawkins points out that religion may simply be a carryover from childhood's imaginary friends. Like adults, children need consolation and inspiration from imagined persons like the trinity and the saints. There is a strong emotional belief in these persons that causes rigidity of thought and has led to enormous harm to society in the form of bombed abortion clinics, and other acts of murder in the name of these imaginary friends. More heinous to Dawkins is inculcating in children a catechism of beliefs before they have critical faculties. This ensures the slavish and blind passage of belief across generations until, it is hoped, they are old enough to read this book.
Dawkins makes it clear that religion is irrational and inhumane. It treats people as passive receptacles not as thinking humans. The privileged social position of religion also means that believers are immunized against criticism and cannot be challenged without the challengers being dismissed as "ungodly".
The back and forth between the two narrators is very effective. Their speaking voices have the clear enunciation of Oxford English.
Overall, the book is a devastating critique of religion. I wish I had had this book for all those college dorm debates.
I am a person who knows logically that God can not exist in the way that religion has taught me. Yet, I still feel God in all things.
After listening to this book,I still feel God, but differently. Perhaps more importantly, I see more clearly the terrible threat that religion and "blind faith" poses for the future of humankind.
I HIGHLY recommend reading this book, whatever your faith may be. After all, mere words can not change the truth.
I enjoyed this volume and give it 4 stars because it has something to say, some real knowledge to offer, and some real history to teach, as opposed to most critical polemics of this type, it is funny, witty, but ruthless toward religious beliefs and practices, I love this book, and bought it for my girlfriend and my good friend, it is not for the faint hearted, certainly not for religious fundamentalists.