A fantastically thought provoking, magnificently awe inspiring, indiscriminately revealing piece of work voiced by the infectiously charismatic and brilliant Dr. Dawkins and his wonderfully well spoken wife Lala Ward. This book is a must read/listen for anybody who is at all curious about religions role in our evolutionary history, current societal status, or even deep psychology. Richard truly hit the mark with this astounding book and left a lasting mark on me.
I would recommend this to anyone that ever thought about God, a bit tedious at times, a bit 'angry' at others, but all in all very concise and compelling discourse. Though at the end of this book I am leaning much more from agnosticism to atheism on a personal level, I think Dawkins fails to explain (and I suspect understand) the social and psychological merits of God and religion. Maybe because the concept is so foreign and disgusting to him.
Yet again, this does not make this read less valuable and fascinating
This book is a must for any secular /humanist / agnostic or atheist. I preferred the audiobook and found the narrative enlightening, entertaining and informative. While I came into this book an atheist, I left it understanding why I am an atheist.
It did a good job of pointing out the hypocrisies of the religious, but other than that it was disappointing. First the arguments were hypocritical. Dawkins would attempt to discredit his opposition by pointing out (what he deems) logical fallacies in their arguments, but then immediately creates an argument containing those very same fallacies. He continues to make these hypocritical arguments throughout most of the book. Second is that it felt like it was trying to convince me through flattery and insults instead of logic. "Consciousness Raising" and "...not too far indoctrinated or intelligent enough..." He argues that of you don't agree with him then you are either indoctrinated too much or that you are unintelligent, but if you do agree with him your consciousness has been "raise." These tactics make this book little more than propaganda. Ultimately, disappointing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. having learned of Richard Dawkins and this book years back, i was estatic when i found it on here. needless to say i signed up for this book alone.
chapters 8 and 9, on morals and on children respectively, were my favorite sections.
must read for every open minded individual on this planet. delivers many well reasoned and understandable explained arguments against the existance of a god as we understand it traditionally. believe whatever you want, but at least listen to the full argument of richard dawkins before judging others.
The method of narration is excellent. Richard Dawkins and his lady co-host alternate reading the book which keeps it very energized. While one or two points did not align with what I know as fact, most of the book did an excellent job of defining the reasons people hold to religious beliefs, and and what the real truth is. I would like to hear if reading this book has helped any strong religious person to re-evaluate their views