As an open minded Christian I felt compelled to give the world's most famous atheist a chance to make his case. And he makes a good case if you think God and Religion are the same thing. But if you are like me and think God and Religion are not only two separate things, but that they have very little in common, then all Dr. Dawkins does is confirm that Religion is nothing more than a manmade belief system, set up thousands of years ago, in an attempt by our ancestors to explain the unexplainable. Which is exactly what I believe Religion is.
But Dr, Dawkins does nothing in this book to prove that there is no such thing as God. All he does is prove that he can't prove there is or isn't a God by using the scientific method. And while he doesn't even speculate that there might be a God, he has no trouble speculating about life on other planets right down to what aliens might look like, whether or not they would have eyes and how they might communicate "if" they in fact exist. His reasoning for the existence of intelligent life on other planets is based entirely on probability theory, not the scientific method.
My overall feeling is that Dr. Dawkins is quite a bit more "religious" than he would admit, especially when it comes to his own personal brand of atheism, more so in fact than many fundamentalist believers. In other words he is just as religious in his non-belief in God as any radical believer is in the opposite. This apparent double standard makes it difficult for me to take him seriously when he tries to disprove the existence of God, simply using the argument that Religious myths and stories are easily proven redundant and impossible to prove.
In my humble opinion, Dr. Dawkins has merely carved out a niche for himself where he has cast himself as the spiritual leader of the non-believer. He does not and cannot prove whether God exists or does not exist using the scientific method, simply by laying bare the discrepancies which are abundant in all religions. I do like the fact that he narrates his own books. It's always nice to hear the author's voice in an audio book. But if the reader/listener comes to this book looking for concrete evidence that proven evolution theory, (?) also proves there is no such thing as God or any form of Higher Intelligence, you won't find that evidence here in this book. You won't find any scientific proof there is life on other planets either, but at least Dr. Dawkins will speculate on the subject, which is more than he does when it comes to God. Been here, done this, nothing new here beyond basic science based entertainment.
There was some good information here. And I wish a lot of my "god believing" friends would listen to this. But the informaiton was too elementary for me. I knew most of the material and felt like I was in a highschool science class.
Dont be fooled by other reviews. This book is most definitely for adult listeners. While I liked this book for its science theories and evolutionary views I also noticed a great deal of mockery and sarcasim towards biblical stories and other close held befliefs of the Christian world. Many children wont be able to distinguish the two views and how both God and science can be true if they read this book.
Listening to the introduction, I was fascinated and had high hopes for the rest of the book. I was terribly disappointed. While Richard Dawkins and his wife have wonderful, engaging voices, and did a fine reading, the stories they used as examples to make their points were tedious, and the overall effect of the book was boring.
The only thing that would deter me from recommending it is its atheist ideology, which for me is unfathomable, since all the facts stated in the book actually solidify the belief in the existence of God.
Its eye-opening scientific facts.
if you like thinking about the mystery of how certain things in the real world work, you'll enjoy this book. It has a lot of interesting content, and you'll be mesmerized by the charming English accents of the authors.
It would have been better if it actually original content. I seemed a rehash of many other authors works
No. But I will be sure to use the sample listen before I purchase from now on.
I wouldn't do that to any narrator. I just hope they got paid well. The narrator are fine. It was the content that was worthless.
It best redeeming quality......was when it was over!
The author would like you to believe there must be an undirected explainable explanation of all phenomenon. The age of scientific enlightenment dispells this myth that something came from nothing as the author leaves it with the "big bang theory". This first cause must be from an "uncaused" entity that directed all intelligence, as is commonly called God, that exist trans temporallly beyond known dimensions. Why universal myths describing similar phenomenon? - I would prepose that God has obviously provided "General Revelation" in the "book of nature" - this is the "light of creation and consciousness" the God gives all persons of all time that none may be without excuse for believing in God. God also has given "special revelation" through the spiritually inspired scriptures backed up by manuscript evidence, archealogical evidence, prophecy and the science of statistical probability as well as countless eyewitness accounts. In addition, evolution is certainly a mechanism of change within species, but as the fossil record clearly reveals, does not change one species to another. A mechanism for adaption, intelligently guided.
Anyway it was an interesting account which, when all is said and done, comes down to faith - either in a fatalistic view of life on earth and eternity or faith in the only living God Jesus Christ who chose to die and be resurrected to forgive mankind, through faith in Him, of all sin, by giving believers the righteousness of Christ and eternal life with God, hallelujah. Go online for more information and a better explanation of all things involving origins, Christianity and other religions.
Another reviewer made this point "Dawkins..for children", and I would play this for my kids. But if you have kept in light touch with the world at all, you will learn very little from this book as an adult (the only thing I learned was a bit more about how stars produce energy). It is obviously aimed at religious people, to break them free from mythology. I doubt it would work on mystic adults, but it might have some chance with children in their formative years.
This is yet another of a series of books from Dawkins that are all the same. A slightly different facet of the same arguments. I'm a fan but I was bored.