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.
"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)
This is a fab fab fab book. I would recomend it to absolutely anyone. Seriously, this should be mandatory reading in American as well as Arabic schools (sorry for the generalization).
This is a stroke of genious and is just what the world needs today.
If you are a person of Faith, I dare you to read this book. I double dare you!
I am a scientist, born Jewish, and a long-time pantheist. I am now on the verge of embracing atheism. Having read many books this past year on religion from Sam Harris, Elain Pagels, Francis Collins, and Scott R. Sanders, I was already immersed in this topic of god/not god. Dawkins depth of thinking, breadth of knowledge, and reason and compassion were awesome. Every thinking person should read this book and make a reasoned choice of their own about the value belief, faith, and religion.
I found the book to be full of good information. However, it was also a bit irritating due to the fact that the author rarely speaks his own mind. It was one reference after another to this and that scholar, writer, philosopher, etc. Maybe, it was the way they sounded when they attempted humor. I kept getting a feeling that Mr. Dawkins considers himself to be higher on the evolutionary scale than most of us. I was hoping for more original thoughts and ideas that I can pass on to others when I talk to them about the subject. Also, I don't believe that there is anything wrong with being an agnostic. People should be allowed to believe in any degree they wish.
I felt Richard Dawkins could have gotten to his point a lot faster rather than quoting everyone under the sun. It is not their opinion that matters or that will sway me one way or the other but rather his arguments and scientific explanations. The opinions of others carry very little weight. Book ran on too long as a result of unnecessary opinions.
I wish I'd heard this earlier in my life. I spent a lot of time dabbling in various religions before rejecting them all. I downloaded out of curiosity this to listen to on a long car trip from New Mexico to Alabama, and it armed me against the army of well-meaning fundamentalists that I usually encounter in that part of the country. I suspect that those who gave this a low review are feeling the pangs of cognitive dissonance that occur when ones dearest-held idealogical views are well challenged.
Quite interesting, but in my view it failed to deliver on the promise to prove the absence of a deity. I was really looking forward to more on that point, rather than a systematic dismantling of the arguments for. On the other hand the dismantling was done with spirit and humor. This program is not for people who cannot enjoy a logical exposition of an emotional subject! Personally, I enjoyed the numerous discussions of historical and theoretical arguments for and against, as well as the manner in which it was presented. The readers were both excellent. I would certainly recommend this program and look forward to others by this author.
To qoute a Amish cabinet maker working in my house-What came first the institution or the man?The answer is man.If this book doesnt at least cause society to question dogmatic norms society is doomed.This book is outstanding.
I rarely write a review, this is my 3rd after over 36 books. I am fairly spiritual and somewhat religious, but I listened to “God Delusion” primarily because of a friend who is analyzing his movement toward atheism.
I have listened to Sam Harris, C.W. Lewis, and Francis S. Collins and I have little prejudice about what can be a controversial subject. I accept Evolution and the “Big Bang” as givens. My judgment is that anyone who doesn’t have some inclination toward these facts would never buy this book or certainly not make it past the first hour.
I found Dawkin’s book is mostly full of information I already agreed with and was pointless to help me examine my religious direction. I feel the majority of his audience would have the same tendency. There was not any new or pertinent information he supplied to me in this 14 hour book, what I did value could have been presented in 2 hours or less.
I think Dawkins mentioned this in the book; and it appears to me he has replaced God with Darwin as his form of worship. His other area of worship must be his wife. Switching the narration between two people so often was bothersome. Having his wife do her parts like an English play was truly annoying to me.
Without my friend’s encouragement, I would have quit this book after the first 30 minutes. This is the most difficult listen I have ever finished. I can only recommend this book to someone truly dedicated to getting less than 10% of value out of an investment of 14 hours of hard time.
Geez, this book is more about how much Dawkins thinks everyone else is an idiot and he is brilliant, than it is about the empirical underpinnings of atheism. I kept trying to concentrate on the real arguements in favor of atheism, but the surfeit of invective Dawkins injects into the book finally overwhelmed me. This book felt like I was walking in on a couple of well educated school boys having a slanging match - there was so much animosity and name calling going on that the discussion lost all credibility. Too bad, because there is a good book out there using the material Dawkins collected. Frankly he really needs a tough editor to box his ears and get him to focus on the subject and not on his detractors.
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