While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between "intelligent design" and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights, such as those of women and gay people � and all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind.
Dawkins attacks God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed, cruel tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign, but still illogical, Celestial Watchmaker favoured by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the ultimate improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. In The God Delusion, Dawkins presents a hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types and does so in the lucid, witty and powerful language for which he is renowned. It is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required listening for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.
©Richard Dawkins; (P)Random House
"A spirited and exhilarating read...Dawkins comes roaring forth in the full vigour of his powerful arguments...." (Guardian)
"Everyone should read it. Aethists will love Mr Dawkins's incisive logic and rapier wit...." (The Economist)
Dawkins has been a major contributor to my education on evolution and natural selection. His style and presentation gets complex ideas across with clarity and simplicity. This is an important work that sadly is unlikely to be experienced by many of those who would receive benefit from it. It has all the clarity of Dawkins at his best.
I particularly liked the "two handed" narration. The alternation of voices is used well to give emphasis and variety and never appears contrived in a way that would have been so easy. More audiobook producers of factual titles should consider using this technique
The story telling by Mr Dawkins and Miss Ward is really well done, and adds another dimension to a already well written and intelligent book.
The best thing about the story is that it shatters the shackles of being controlled by other people, (which whatever people say is the point of religion, to control you) and opens your eyes to the fact that there are no spirits, magic or anything supernatural that you need to fear, we do good because we are good people and we want to, not because there is some judgmental thing watching us. The world is clearer and safer in that knowledge.
N/A but I will.
Really is a must read for everyone, I want my children and grandchildren to read this, if people actually stop and think about what we are told by these "people of faith" and look at how so much of the world's problems are because of them and there ever crusade to be in control of your lives, the world would be a much happier place.
Sure, he was preaching (pun intended) to the converted, but Richard Dawkins also gives you a lot to think about in this great book. I was facilitated as I listened to different theories on why religious folk can be such nut bags. Give it a listen, test your faith or confirm your convictions.
Science lights the Dark
I like the last chapter on how special life is and why you don't need any super natural being to explain why it is. Trillions of beings could have been here instead of you, yet you are here. With those odds who needs the lottery.
Dawkin's does not shy away from stating facts that others would shy away from. His arguement, as usual, is well thought out and convincing. He lays out the make believe of religon. To see the world through his world is far more beautiful than one described by the religous.
This is hands down one of the most fantastic books I have read so far. For atheists, agnostics, or questioners of religion. This book will wrench open your eyes and force you to see the truth. I would especially recommend this book to religious people who would like to dig deeper in their faith from a scientific perspective. A MUST read.
Thoroughly rational, well laid out arguments for the ideas presented. This is not a rally cry for fellow atheists, rather a comprehensive discussion on why there is such a need to be more educated and informed on this critical issue. Lalla's interjections as 2nd narrator is at times jarring but the purpose of punctuating certain points is generally effective.
The narrator was excellent. I will be listening to it again precisely to put things in a firmer perspective. Excellent book for those in search of arguments to invalidate their belief in modern day religion. Fanatical theists may want to think twice before reading or listening to this devilish rendition of the music of nature.
Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion makes us wonder about a world without God, Religion or Irrational thinking. With extreme patience, Dawkins makes us question the basis of fundamental ideas while explaining the alternatives.
This book was entrancing.
For years, I've been lead to believe that this book was a poorly researched, disorganized, poorly supported neanderthal rant against religion. I would have to disagree. I found Dawkins' book to be a methodically logical, well-researched, well-argued and entertaining critique of religion.
Astonishingly, I found that as I read this book in 2014, time and time again in 2007 Dawkins had clearly, succinctly and convincingly countered every apologetic argument and claim I parroted from at least 2009 until 2013.
Perhaps a good reason not to rely on the opinions of others, particularly those with a bias.
"Open mind required"
Two sides to this argument and Dawkins argues well. It gives the listener something to think about but won't suit all - an open mind a must
Everyone should listen/read this book. Just finished it and will start it again as there is some much thought provoking material in there. Richard Dawkins reads the book exactly how it should be. Highly recommend this.
Confirmed many of the conclusions I'd reached on my own as well as pointing out and explaining many new ones. Very easy to listen too as well.
"A very very good listen"
Loved every minute and will listen to more
This is so well read and kept me listening, and opened my eyes.
"should be required reading in all schools"
if you ever thought that you might be atheist hou will know by the end.
Listening to a fresh perspective.
All of it really!
I wouldn't say I was moved, more mind-boggled, in a good way.
This really is an eye-opener of a book. From an agnostic point of view, I found it fascinating. Richard Dawkins doesn't leave any stone unturned.
Off on a tangent at times, and in places pointlessly over complicated.
But a good book, recommended even to those like myself who were very much of the same opinion as Dawkins already.
"A must read for everyone"
It's a fascinating and an important book, and having Dawkins read it himself very much benefits the narration.
It's difficult to pick a moment, as there really isn't a plot. But the book makes several interesting points on various topics.
Switching the narrator between sections makes listening easier.
I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone.
Anger and frustration (but not at the book)
If the messages contained within were shared with the young as much as religious texts then the world would be a better place.
If you are fortunate enough to live in a society where you can listen to this, listen to this.
"If you only read one book on GOD make it this one"
Yes if i wanted to brush up on some of the arguments against religion i would this is the one book i would re-read.
An excellent and well thought out book and Richard Dawkins is a good narrator he speaks well and clearly.
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