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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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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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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    Mark Robin Smith Oklahoma City, OK United States 07-28-09
    Mark Robin Smith Oklahoma City, OK United States 07-28-09 Member Since 2000
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    "Petty and adolescent"

    I was ready to hear an opinion stated in objective terms and what I was continually offered was flavored with enough petty mockery that it caused me to doubt the authenticity of the author's offering. I was disappointed.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Darcy Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-29-12
    Darcy Vancouver, BC, Canada 05-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Why such a Jerk?"

    I agree with the facts of this book. However, I don't understand what value comes from writing and (especially) reading the book in the childish and condescending way that is was.
    There are reasons that people don't believe in evolution, assuming that it is because they are foolish reveals a lack of insight.

    I rated the performance with 5 stars as it perfectly portrays the tone of the author. (not surprising as he is one of the narrators)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Glen Phoenix, AZ, USA 09-12-09
    Glen Phoenix, AZ, USA 09-12-09
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    "Poignant, if a bit coarse."

    What a fantastic recording. Dawkins and his wife are wonderful speakers, and by creatively splitting up the recording between the two of them we are provided with a very entertaining transition from section to section as the book progresses. Dawkins's points are all well thought out and researched, though he does work quite a bit of attitude into the audio recording, presumably as it was meant to be presented in the book. The attitude can, at times, come off a bit crude, and most assuredly would offend anyone suffering a religious practice out of this book's completion, though I imagine those with religious convictions are likely to sell the book short through misrepresentation even if they were to finish the book (see low star reviews obsessing over his attitude and his "dismissal of ... faith").

    Great book for those curious about Atheism or Richard Dawkins's works.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Boulder, CO, USA 06-26-08
    Thomas Boulder, CO, USA 06-26-08
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    "Poorly written & poorly narrated"

    I had heard much about Dawkins, of course, and read a bit of his stuff, but this book was a complete surprise: poorly reasoned, terribly written, and narrated by the author (with ghastly asides by a woman narrator) in a tone of voice dripping with condescension and impatience. Not only does he not "prove" the non-existence of God (an impossibility anyway), he completely fails to grasp the psychological complexity of religious belief, or come to terms with the odd human characteristic of the will to believe in something beyond ourselves.

    12 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    books on wheels Poughkeepsie, NY USA 06-12-09
    books on wheels Poughkeepsie, NY USA 06-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "ironically preachy"

    I think that the subject says it all. I suppose that this book may hold epiphany for some, but it was all old news. I do believe though, that people need to leave the closet.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 01-05-07
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 01-05-07 Member Since 2005
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    "excellent"

    if i could i'd force everyone to read/listen to this book and certain others. until people start using their brains this world will continue down the path it's on. the "religion of greed" and the greed of religion will be the downfall of not only this country, but many others.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Christina north las vegas, NV, USA 03-08-07
    Christina north las vegas, NV, USA 03-08-07
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    "smart, but a sales pitch"

    smart arguments, but painful to listen to. it was as if it was a late-night infomercial, redundantly re-stating how the author was right and the others were wrong. a good argument, but excruciating to hear them say it.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Vreeland Birmingham, Alabama 07-31-09
    Jeff Vreeland Birmingham, Alabama 07-31-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Long Books Full of Facts"

    If you are looking for facts that are presented by an Atheist to debunk any religious theology then this book is for you.

    Dawkins does what he does best and blast you with fact after fact of historical reference material of why [Fill in Religion] is wrong.

    One thing I could not get past was his immediate dismissal of hope and faith from the human behavior.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan San Diego, CA, USA 02-03-07
    Ryan San Diego, CA, USA 02-03-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Touchy Feely"

    I considered this book a few times but was always turned off by the title. I wanted to learn more about our mental health system, but I didn't want to sit through a heart wrenching first person account of the suffering.

    Luckily the author's experience as a reporter allowed him to give a very balanced account--focusing more on the system than the emotions surrounding a single (personal) case.

    It was a very interesting set of stories, and I think it could do a lot to readjust our attitudes.

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    Veronica Edet Ogden, Utah 05-06-07
    Veronica Edet Ogden, Utah 05-06-07 Member Since 2004

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    "Get behind me"

    I was curious to hear how anyone could make a case against God. The book strengthens my belief in God. I didn’t crawl and evolve from a sea creature. To tell you the truth I wasn’t able to make it though the book. It’s so ridiculous. I respect anyone’s right not to believe in God but there’s a difference in not believing and thinking there is no God. If God is a figment of my imagination then, I’m on one heck of a good trip.

    4 of 29 people found this review helpful
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