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)
"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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