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.
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"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)
I became a huge fan of Dawkins after reading this book. His writing is succinct, thorough, brave, and fascinating.
This was a the 1st book by Richard Dawkins that I read. I must say, I was hooked almost immediately! He may seem arrogant at times, but it's more passion and frustration than arrogance. I am thinking about going back and listening to it again, just for kicks. I am sure there is something I missed the first time around!
I won't deny that this is an interesting, well researched book. But, i do have a problem with the audiobook. It isn't a problem with the narrators, both Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward are very well spoken and very easy to listen to throughout. My problem, is the very strange choice of the back-and-forth between the two. It is extremely distracting at times when they switch back and forth, for example, when reading quotes or suddenly switching passages. with an audiobook, i pay much better attention when there is only one narrator, and for this book, i believe, it is very important to pay attention to the points they are trying to make. I feel that the audiobook could have been much better executed by perhaps Richard Dawkins reading one chapter, then Lalla Ward reading the next chapter. that would be much, much less distracting.
The only other problem that i have is that both Richard and Lalla can come off as very condescending, and pompous even, during some of the issues they discuss. While for the most part, i would agree with most of what they are saying, they seem to come off as abraisive in those instances. However, if you watch or listen to Richard Dawkins in interviews, lectures, etc., that just seems to be his personality in general, so that may be more of an issue i have with him, rather than the book itself.
Overall, i would recommend this book, however, i would rather recommend the Kindle or standard book editions, simply because of the distracting narrative styles used in the audiobook.
Yes, I might do it in the future, because of the valuable information contained and the style: it is easy to follow, intriguing, mind-opening.
The book is very well organized: it flows from the beginning to the end and keeps you comitted to listen and learn more.
The proof that our moral system is not derrived from religion.
Why we don't need God to understand the World!
My friends are mostly
This is the second audio book by Richard Dawkins I have listened to. For me, what I found most memorable is the style or format that the author and his wife Lalla Ward use as they relate the content of the subject matter. Being familiar with the latter from her work in television, I almost can see her face and laugh when I hear the wry smile in her voice. Mr. Dawkins is as subtle in his reading as in his writing. The notes he hits as he turns a phrase or shares a quote from a contemporary or an opposite number are as clear as the logic he is trying to convey. If I had to pick the most memorable moment, I feel sure it would be while he talked about his professor. Mr. Dawkins tells of a teacher who had mistakenly taught for 15 years that a metabolic process does not and never did occur in some type bacteria or something and upon being shown that it does indeed occur approached the guest speaker in front of his own students and thanked him for the enlightenment. The author shared that at that moment all the class applauded the admission and further revealed that even today he stills finds a lump in his throat whenever he recalls the day. The point being that it is not vital for me to remember what creature did or did not have a doo-fletchee, it is the moment of truth when the teacher returns to being the student and is grateful for the chance to gladly jettison wrong data for new, corrected data.
Though it is a work of non-fiction, and characters are not entirely an actual part of the presentation, both of the readers' beautiful British accents lend themselves to erudite discussions. Neither reader bothers with too much with vocal characterization but as I said a moment ago, you can hear the joy or gravitas of the subject, or share the pity and compassion they feel for those to whom they wish to illustrate that reason not superstition ought to be the guiding principle.
I just want to invite the couple for dinner!
And now, for something completely logical.
It's no sin to be an Atheist
Losin' yer Delusion
Why God still hasn't bought you a Mercedes Benz
I have been on what I considered a
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
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.
I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
I must admit that I agree with much that Dawkins writes concerning religion. He goes into great detail to make his point, however to me his points are more about how religion has and is holding back science as well as holding on to its followers by the use of fear and less about "God." I guess that one can see that what is called "God" in a very individual concept.. The "God" that Dawkins writes of has a long white beard and lives on a mounttain. He is the "God" of the "Bible." which is not what some including myself see what is referred to as "God." So if you include this thinking in your reading the book is interesting, and worth a read.
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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!
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