I came in neutral, but with interest because of the current discussions in the media. I judge that Levin treats this subject fairly and with a lot of knowledge that it takes years to accumulate. No doubt this is on the conservative side of neutral, but still fair. To someone else?s commit about limiting the Government, the Supreme Court is just as much a part of the Federal Government as the other two braches and also needs to be limited. If you didn?t get that the first time, go back and listen again.
I rarely write a review, this is my 3rd after over 36 books. I am fairly spiritual and somewhat religious, but I listened to “God Delusion” primarily because of a friend who is analyzing his movement toward atheism.
I have listened to Sam Harris, C.W. Lewis, and Francis S. Collins and I have little prejudice about what can be a controversial subject. I accept Evolution and the “Big Bang” as givens. My judgment is that anyone who doesn’t have some inclination toward these facts would never buy this book or certainly not make it past the first hour.
I found Dawkin’s book is mostly full of information I already agreed with and was pointless to help me examine my religious direction. I feel the majority of his audience would have the same tendency. There was not any new or pertinent information he supplied to me in this 14 hour book, what I did value could have been presented in 2 hours or less.
I think Dawkins mentioned this in the book; and it appears to me he has replaced God with Darwin as his form of worship. His other area of worship must be his wife. Switching the narration between two people so often was bothersome. Having his wife do her parts like an English play was truly annoying to me.
Without my friend’s encouragement, I would have quit this book after the first 30 minutes. This is the most difficult listen I have ever finished. I can only recommend this book to someone truly dedicated to getting less than 10% of value out of an investment of 14 hours of hard time.
It was very interesting, but it took a while to get use to all the flash back and time changes taking place in each chapter.
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