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The God Delusion | [Richard Dawkins]

The God Delusion

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.
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Why You Should Download This Audiobook: Richard Dawkins invites you to imagine a world where New York's Twin Towers still stand, where Arabs and Israelis live in peace, where the Crusades—events directly responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.2 million persons—never happened. In short, he invites you to imagine a world that would have been, and could be, without religion. That is not to say that he wishes to discard religion only because of its historical relationship to violence. This extensive, powerfully argued examination of why we believe, and the imperative of turning from Faith to Reason, has become an international best seller. It could change your life.

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Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

He critiques God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. In so doing, he makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just irrational, but potentially deadly.

Dawkins has fashioned an impassioned, rigorous rebuttal to religion, to be embraced by anyone who sputters at the inconsistencies and cruelties that riddle the Bible, bristles at the inanity of "intelligent design", or agonizes over fundamentalism in the Middle East or Middle America.

©2006 Richard Dawkins; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Richard Dawkins is the leading soothsayer of our time....The God Delusion continues his thought-provoking tradition." (J. Craig Venter, decoder of the human genome)
"The God Delusion is smart, compassionate, and true....If this book doesn't change the world, we're all screwed." (Penn & Teller)
"The world needs...passionate rationalists....Richard Dawkins so stands out through the cutting intelligence of The God Delusion." (James D. Watson, co-discoverer of DNA, author of The Double Helix)

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    G. Sabin Sacramento, CA 06-02-12
    G. Sabin Sacramento, CA 06-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Dull Prose and a Disjointed Performance"

    I have no beef with Dawkins' argument for atheism. What bothered me about this book was its dry, sluggish prose, its incessant reference to other works, and its two-reader narration which acted to distract rather than to enliven. Having recently listened to Hitchens' "God is Not Great," which is witty, pithy, and elegantly written, Dawkins' work seemed so dead and uninteresting. Where Hitchens can denigrate his opponents with withering logic wrapped in literary genius, Dawkins' attacks seem petty and rigid. He spends too much time worrying that he'll offend, then dives right in to some petty attacks.

    Basically, this is a scientist's book about belief and non-belief. It lacks the culture and personality that many other books on the subject have in spades. Also, one good narrator would have done just fine, instead of Dawkins and a female narrator splitting the duties...poorly.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    R. K. Rote United States 10-29-08
    R. K. Rote United States 10-29-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Its good to be an atheist."

    I think this is a great book. I'm sorry it took me so long to come across it. I've been atheist for a long time, now I no longer feel ashamed to say so. (It's a good thing I'm not a politician, that would be the end of my career.)

    This is a good scientific based analysis and presentation of religion as an evolved human adaptation or behavior, and the idea of religion as a meme - a replicating and evolving component of our environment that uses humans as a vector for reproduction. Think of the cold virus.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Victor Snyder 12-13-06 Member Since 2002
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    In "The God Delusion", Richard Dawkins is witty, poignant, and inspiring. I have listened to most of it in a very short amount of time because I have a hard time putting it down. If you're looking for proof that belief in a personal God is irrational or an explanation to why so many people believe in God, this book will do the job. Dawkins' book is thought provoking, eye opening, and enjoyable to listen to. I'd love to see more of his books (and books like it) on this site. It is now one of my favorites.

    51 of 72 people found this review helpful
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    E. Sanchez San Francisco 06-27-13
    E. Sanchez San Francisco 06-27-13 Member Since 2013

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    What made the experience of listening to The God Delusion the most enjoyable?

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    The book sometimes is infantile, with performances mocking other points of view.
    However silly the opposite argument may be, I expected more than nanananana from a leading biologist.
    The content itself is great and there's some amazing logic there, I just wish I could edit out that bullying.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 10-21-11
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 10-21-11 Member Since 2008

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Dawkins is the best"

    Great book! Very well researched, well nararrated, etc. I think even religious people will enjoy how clear and relevant Dawkins' arguments are.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 09-29-11 Member Since 2008

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Enjoyable Point of View"

    Thought provoking cogent argument for Atheism over agnosticism
    I'm not sure I agree with much of what Dawkins suggests but his is a compelling argument worth hearing.
    The book is well written and it stimulates thought. That is what it is supposed to do whether you agree or not.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-29-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Very interesting"

    I really liked this book and found it to be very interesting. Any book that refers to both Carl Sagan and George Carlin has got to be good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Farmington, NY, United States 03-19-11
    Scott Farmington, NY, United States 03-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Give it a chance"

    If you start listening to this book and don't like the tone or the approach of Richard Dawkins, don't give up on it. While the first couple of chapters seem to have no purpose other than to bash religion, the book really takes off after this and he gets into a great thought provoking groove. He makes some great points about religion, in particular how we treat our children when it comes to religion. Even if you are believer, this books is worth listening to as it has the potential to open your mind to ideas you may not have considered before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wadood Chaudhary New Jersey ,USA 03-30-07
    Wadood Chaudhary New Jersey ,USA 03-30-07 Member Since 2002
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    "A must read!"

    As an audible book, it is a very well read, sounds great and could get real funny at times.
    This book should not be avoided by anyone. He raises important points and more importantly tries to raise consciousness - although I think he goes too far when he tries to explain the origin of religion by Natural selection. Also, his critisicm of some aspects of religion can best be desribed his own point of view. He brilliantly detsroys the dogmatic aspects of religion and the way people think about religion.
    The book is out to convert you. In my case it did not but I learned a lot!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Santa Barbara, CA United States 03-11-07
    Mike Santa Barbara, CA United States 03-11-07 Member Since 2003

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    "One of the Best"

    Incredibly articulate, amazingly compelling. Very well written, as is expected of any Richard Dawkins work, but this ranks as one of his best. A breathe of fresh air cutting through the cloud of choking ridiculousness in today's (American) society. I can't recommend this highly enough.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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