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)
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I have read a lot Dawkins and Hitchens and the difference between the two, telling the same tale about gods, is usually quite stark. On this occasion however Dawkins delves down into the arena, get his hands dirty with invective and (particularly at the start and the finish) resorts to rhetoric. Of course, in his inimatable way, he acknowledges he's doing just this and he even has the good grace to sound apologetic about that. However, the method is not as persuasive as I have come to expect from him, although the key (middle) Chapters return to the well learned practices of his past writing, full of sound reasoning, inferences and evidence.
I have some sympathy for the lack of evidence, but then I am already a "convert", to borrow from the iconology of the religiously minded. It is hard to prove a negative, as every lawyer will confirm. Still, I would have been happier with the central Chapters without the soapbox start and finish. That said, the starkness of the language and the boldness of the frontal attack have the consequence of making even a convert think about the extent of their conversion; has it gone far enough? To paraphrase a former PM, this is a book for the true disbelievers. It will probably not persuade anyone else, which is a pity.
Again, the combination of Lalla Ward and Dawkins works well for the listener.
I found this audo book hard to follow with the constant change in narrator. I preffered Chris Hitchens book on the same subject.
This was my first Richard Dawkins, and i enjoyed it greatly ! arguments are clean and to the point... just get a little frustrating when reading they switch from Richard to lalla in small spaces of time..
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has the occasional background music for effectwhat is god spelt backwards?
made me realise how much religion is bad for people.
The writer puts into plain English, what I have always instinctively felt, this straightforward analysis of what humans insist on believing, and more to the point 'why' they believe often against all common sense, was a joy to listen to...Dawkins examines why religion in all its forms, persists, and tries to explain how this has arisen from a Darwinian standpoint. This type of book is important I feel, due to the rise of the 'intelegent design' lobby particularly in the US, who threaten to cripple the teaching of science in schools... like the other reviewer , I am better off for this pure common sense book...well done Richard
"the answer to life the universe and eveything"
I had been thinking of downloading this book for some time, but as a committed atheist, I wasn?t sure if it would be for me ? I don?t need convincing. I also thought it would be dry. How wrong could I be. I love this book, and the narrative with Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward is very entertaining. I was reminded of the wonderful writing of Douglas Adams with both readers narrative ? appropriately enough, the book is dedicated to Douglas Adams, a good friend of Dawkins (who met his wife and fellow narrator, Lalla Ward though Douglas Adams).
"At last, the arguments are put forward!"
Fantastic book that shows that it's not a crime to question in the belief of god. This book is constantly on my MP3 as it's so easy to go back to and enjoy.
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER HEARD/READ. NOT JUST A BRILLIANT WRITER, BUT A GOOD READER TOO. HE ARTICULATES COMPLEX CONCEPTS IN A WAY WHICH MAKES THEM ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. I WAS INSPIRED TO READ EVERYTHING ELSE HE HAS WRITTEN, AND HAVE NOT BEEN DISAPPOINTED.
"Please, please read this book."
Richard Dawkins writes eloquently on all subjects and makes no apology for treating religion with the same respect as any other subject, rather than the 'treading-on-egg-shells' toadying that factions of today's religious population demands. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone, whatever their religious beliefs.
"A life changer"
This book has changed my life. I have never believed in God, even when I was forced to go to Sunday school as a young child, it always seemed nonsense. This book gave me the backup, evidence and examples to reaffirm what I always thought. I suspect that this will be most useful to those who are in the "not sure" camp.
It is highly entertaining and would strongly recommend it.
I bought this after having read the book twice. In terms of content it is brilliant.
Dawkins argues everything so clearly and is one of the few intellectuals who, in my opinion, makes his subject available to the general public without dumbing it down.
As it should be with such discussions, I didn't agree with the arguments on a few issues but the general direction is unquestionable and has helped me to formalise my own debates with 'believers'.
An extra plus to the audio version is the narration. So often I download books that I have read and enjoyed, not to be able to listen to them because of tedious narration. This is not one of those books.
This is a must read book for people of all persuasions.
Wow! What a book. Obviously this title is going to cause sensation. It has. I felt it was worth it. The master stroke here was asking Richard and his wife Lalla too read the book. They compliment one another perfectly.
I will not discuss the rights and wrongs of the subjects dealt with in the book. It would be better to buy it and read, or listen to it for yourselves.
All I can say is that the book itself is a masterfull piece of work that I was totally obsessed with.
It has certainly helped me to face my existence with a new understanding about my place in the world.
"buy this book - it is important"
A voice of reason and measure amongst the dogma of the religious zealots who demand all the airtime for their drivelling, demanding claptrap.
Dawkins dismembers the argument for gods of all varieties with a surgeon's precision and the force of an army. This book should be required reading for ALL children in our schools - and, please - no opt outs on religious grounds.
Arguments for gods are pursued with an even hand as Dawkins sets them up - before demolishing god with the wrecking ball of common sense.
If you think that god or allah, jahweh or thor would not like you to read this book - then you really ought to read it.
"Irrefutable if unnecessarily long thesis"
This is one of the best structured arguments refuting the idea of god. However, it would have benefited from a significant editing. The audio version is split between 2 readers, which I found distracting.
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