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The God Delusion | [Richard Dawkins]

The God Delusion

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.
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Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins was recently voted one of the world's top three intellectuals (alongside Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky) by Prospect magazine. As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, he has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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  • Stephen
    Amersham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Still one of the best reads"

    Dawkins' book manages to cut through the delusion with ease. His flawless use of logic, reason and science effortlessly unveils superstition and attempts to show the reader, once again with empirical evidence, that science and philosophy are the best paths to true enlightenment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    BRIDGWATER, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "So interesting"

    Having two people read to you is fantastic as you never space out with one voice. The subject matter should be required reading for every human on earth. Love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    London, United Kingdom
    12/27/12
    Overall
    "Well argued book from a world's top thinker"

    Dawkins covers religion comprehensively in this book, which he claims he hopes will leave readers as atheists, and proudly, openly so. He comprehensively covers (and criticises) the arguments for believing in an intelligent creator as well as the arguments against. He does so in a thought provoking and intelligent way, and I've read some of the books that have been published in criticism of this book, and can only conclude that they were written without each author having this book.



    The audio book is narrated by Dawkins himself, so you know that every intonation is as the author intended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    United Kingdom
    12/27/12
    Overall
    "Ok"

    Brilliant. It very much supported my own view on the matter and I believe it would help those yet undecided.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    4/24/12
    Overall
    "Very hard to rate"

    Richard was preaching to the choir so maybe the book was slightly lost on me.

    I was expecting it to have more science facts and figures in but quite often it was just a philosophical debate/lecture.

    As I mentioned it is hard to rate. I found it interesting but it didn’t engage me. He obviously has a point to prove but how many religious types are going to pick up this book?



    I have given it 3 stars because I suppose it was well written and the arguments were detailed and thorough. But I am unsure who I would recommend this book to and that bugs me. Also the inclusion of two narrators was a little off putting. There didn’t seem to be any consistency as to who was reading what maybe I just didn’t get it?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vivian
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    3/16/08
    Overall
    "Hopeful, but disappointed"

    Difficult to say why this didn't hit the spot! Arguments were interesting - but little was new or very challenging. Long diversions into the authors pet hates and answers to challenges he has encountered along the way. I anticipated greater depth and insight into why religion has been, and still is, a powerful force despite all of the evidence against it. Sadly this was not the case and is an opportunity missed.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    Lincoln, Lincs, United Kingdom
    12/5/06
    Overall
    "interesting"

    A very interesting book and a interesting take on god and religion. However, for all Dawkins theories on organised religion and Atheism he finishes up turning Atheism in to a organised religion.... listen and enjoy, but remember just because we don't believe in a god doesn't mean we have to unite under one umbrella.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Francois
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    4/14/13
    Overall
    "A delution or illution"

    A book that takes even the least religious among us and stretches their belief to its n'th degree. Why are we here is a question that everybody wants an aswer too, but this book tells you that you are not here by design, you just are here.



    Read it, if you dare.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    Roade, Northants, United Kingdom
    11/9/08
    Overall
    "Sarah Pallin should hear this"

    Some great arguments and retorts but gets too bogged down and lingers for too long in places.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    1/6/07
    Overall
    "Very disappointing"

    This book was not at all persuasive. Listen to it to have your views confirmed perhaps, but otherwise not. I had expected better presented arguments and not resorting to ridicule and dismissal as tactics. The attribution of intended meaning to other people's words, and 'claiming' famous names as atheiests is not convincing, rather it would indicate someone with a poor case to argue.

    6 of 21 people found this review helpful
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