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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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    Roberta Codrington, ON, Canada 07-21-07
    Roberta Codrington, ON, Canada 07-21-07
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    "The God Delusion (Unabridged)"

    Excellent book. Some minor errors, but on the whole makes good sense and I am sure will be helpful for th e fence-sitters who can't make up their minds, mainly because they just don't have enough information.

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    Barry ParisFrance 03-25-07
    Barry ParisFrance 03-25-07
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    "Well thought out, a little extreme"

    I identified with the ideas Dawkins puts forward. Although I had many moments where I caught myself nodding unconsciously in agreement, there were as many moments where I felt embarrassed for the author. Even though I believe his position to be right, I accept the right of others to disagree.

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    Bill Saint Petersburg, FL, USA 02-21-07
    Bill Saint Petersburg, FL, USA 02-21-07
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    "Incredible!"

    I have been studying religion and the beliefs and practices of them for a few years now. I stumbled on this book on Audible just as it was released. It puts in one book all the questions and then answers them that anyone could have about the issues with religion. The logical thinking person should arrive at the ideas on their own but religion sets out to brainwash the believers and to label anyone that does not believe as godless and heathen. Because there seems to be so many more believers than non believers you feel that you should keep your opinions to yourself since it could affect your opportunities in many ways. This book has made me more comfortable with my beliefs and to look on the believers in an almost sad light. Great read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Eureka, CA, USA 02-10-07
    George Eureka, CA, USA 02-10-07
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    "Well done, Lalla"

    The former Doctor Who actress, Lalla Ward (Richard Dawkins' partner) is the real star of this recording. She gives a forceful reading that really packs a punch. Well done!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Phillips Shelbyville, Indiana, USA 01-25-07
    Angela Phillips Shelbyville, Indiana, USA 01-25-07 Listener Since 2004

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    "Interesting..."

    I am a little over two hours away from finishing this book and I'm debating whether or not to finish it. When an author gives unnamed or non-professional web sites as a viable reference, they lose credibility in my view. The author does make some good points, many great arguments and I have learned a few things from listening but it's been WORK to listen to it. I'm certainly getting more laughs out of it than other books I've listened to that were meant to be comedy.

    If they want to be taken completely serious as they seem to want, they must remove the questionable statements and references, such as the web sites for one example.

    On another note, the author and another person are the narrators for this book. BIG mistake. They are very difficult to listen to for more than a few minutes. They are perfectly suited for a meditation or relaxation vocal performances.

    I'm rating the book this low because:

    * The content is not presented as strongly as the preface/foreward would have you believe. It should've been presented as an argument, viewpoint, etc. and not proof.

    * The narrators are ill-suited for this type of content.

    * Some "proofs" are presented on the foundation of highly questionable sources.

    I am guessing that a religious person will be quite offended by this book and if they follow it until the end, will use it as ammunition against athiests. Thankfully I am not a religious person. I was really hoping this book was going to be the one that I'd refer to during future discussions but it has turned out to be one that I hope the religious folks don't ever see. It's far too weak to make it's point and it will be used against athiests as an embarrassment if not more.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas San Francisco, CA, USA 02-02-07
    Nicholas San Francisco, CA, USA 02-02-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Dawkins as Houdini"

    This could have been a amusing book. Mr. Dawkins locks himself in the box of a purely scientific perspective and then attempts to deal with a subject almost entirely outside of his particular box. He is then forced to create psuedo scientific methods to attempt to make his point.

    Any humor soon is lost due to Dawkins' manifest hatred for anything and anyone spiritual or religous. This anger is so powerful that it wrecks any chance that he would have to make logical arguments.

    It is very difficult to write about a subject when you can't deal with it honestly.

    He should have said god can't be measured, therefore god doesn't exist.

    6 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    J. Benjamin North Saint Paul, MN, USA 09-28-07
    J. Benjamin North Saint Paul, MN, USA 09-28-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Just a little crazy."

    I would say this book is worth listening to. He definitely gives you something to think about. Unfortanetly for every good argument he brings up, he also brings up a ridiculous one.

    No chapter has more shotty logic and misleading half truths than the one entitled "The American Taliban" in which he gives up much of the credibility he had earned with a chapter that childishly attempts to attack the United States of America. For example, he tries to equate the seven people killed in attacks on abortionists ten years ago to a current religious war. He forgets to mention that there were only seven deaths, and that none were recent.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Janaki Kuruppu Rockville, MD United States 08-22-09
    Janaki Kuruppu Rockville, MD United States 08-22-09 Listener Since 2005

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    "what scarred Richard Dawkins so badly??"

    I was strongly influenced by Richard Dawkins during my own scientific training, and admire his intellect and insights into evolution and biology. So, although I had been avoiding both this book and Christopher Hitchens book, I finally decided to download this and listen. So far, I haven't been able to finish listening, because it just strikes me as an emotional, personal rant - it seems like the Church (yes, with a capital "C") did some horrible violence to the author, and he feels the need to pay back for the damage done.
    His examples don't really flow in a logical way, which surprised me, again, because, in his previous books, I've always admired his ability to build logically, and tell a good story. Unfortunately, I think his emotions on this topic run too high to be able to put together a compelling argument.

    7 of 25 people found this review helpful
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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
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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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