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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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    Barry 07-28-10
    Barry 07-28-10
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    "Illustrations of Straw Man Fallacy"

    I am amazed at the number of readers who applaud this book. It is, in my mind, one of the clearest examples of the "straw man" logical fallacy I have read in many years. Dawkins arrogantly creates the illusion of refuting ostensible positions which are really just figments of his own creation. I laughed at many of his examples. If I could have rated this book lower than an one, I would have. I don't recommend it at all.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jed M. Merrill APO, AE United States 03-15-11
    Jed M. Merrill APO, AE United States 03-15-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Naive"

    Mr. Dawkins goes to great lengths to teach people how to close their religious eyes and minds, as if it would help them see the world more clearly with their physical. Half the time I felt I was reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, a better intentioned book that I recommend to all. A fascinating study of how willfully blind one can become, The God Delusion is either a masterwork of self-delusion or sophistry. Those who have had real spiritual experiences will find this book shallow, manipulative, scornful, and it's author at best spiritually naive and inexperienced, at worst an unwitting spokesman for the enemy of God. A poor, unfortunate soul! As for atheists, they'll probably make a prophet out of him, but "Will the blind lead the blind? Both shall fall into the ditch." ~ Jesus A word to the wise: Keep BOTH eyes open! The spiritual and the physical, science AND religion. God did not send us here to rely solely on our senses. He also does not ask us to ignore them.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tonny Herlev, Denmark 06-29-09
    Tonny Herlev, Denmark 06-29-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a self-help book for the doubtful believer"

    If you want a book that helps you decide if you are a believer, or if you are an atheist then The God Delusion is not the right book for you, Its more like a debate book, Dawkins speaks about earlier discussions between him and various religious believers, however in part 2 there are a some helpful facts for the recovering religious addict, But it is more like a handbook for the already established atheists, I would recommend Sam Harris The end of Faith for the addict, and once you break free of religion and start to enjoy life for what it is, then you are ready to read The God Delusion

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    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
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    "good"

    I like learning many views on this subject.

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    Paul Vincennes, IN, USA 01-20-08
    Paul Vincennes, IN, USA 01-20-08
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    "A really good listen"

    By anticipating criticism of his points, Dawkins was able to construct coherent and convincing arguments. Given the topic of the book one probably shouldn't listen while driving - it can elicit strong reactions - both positive and negative!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ed BROEDERSTROOMSouth Africa 09-22-07
    Ed BROEDERSTROOMSouth Africa 09-22-07
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    "The God Delusion"

    Part 2 is far more intersting than part 1, overall very thought provoking. Oh how man is often duped into believing 'The written word' must be the 'truth'
    Most enjoyable and recommended reading for all broad minded people.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Reyad chicago, IL, USA 11-05-09
    Reyad chicago, IL, USA 11-05-09
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    "a perfect example on comparing Apple to onion"

    this book is a perfect example on comparing Apple to onion to prove that orange is not like tomato. don't get me wrong, the author is pretty talented and he puts his finger on a very critical and sensitive questions, but I don't trust his approach in convincing me. another thing I don't like about is how he quotes famous scientists when they make "somewhat" atheist statement, then he move on on putting words into their mouths. so you will hear things like " what Einstein really meant is.." or "perhaps what X wanted to say is.." . if that looked familiar to you then you guessed it right; that what most religions leaders do in order to convince their follower about the meaning behind saint's X action (s).

    being a follower of Islamic religion, I can assure that the author knows little about Islam, and most of his knowledge based on what others wrote about it.

    at the end; read the book, its amazing to see how people think.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Swad 12-13-12
    Swad 12-13-12

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    "Athiests Rejoice"
    Any additional comments?

    This book addresses and answers nearly every argument the true believers of our world make to convince us that imaginary beings are in charge. Great ammunition when confronted with aggressive proselytizers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 11-20-12
    Benjamin 11-20-12
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    "Armchair Philosophers and Science Fiction"

    Typically, it would be humorous to propose scientific evidence from a work of science fiction. In the same way, quoting Wikipedia in an academic paper produces a comedic effect, and to encounter a complicated philosophical issue with a piece of armchair philosophy is silly. However, this sort of thing is sometimes submitted with grave sincerity, and then it becomes something worse than an innocent jest. It turns into something of an insult to the intelligent men and women who do serious work in the field.

    Richard Dawkins is undoubtedly an intelligent man, and like most intelligent people, it is equally clear that he holds his opinions on whatever subject to which he devotes his attentions to be rather important and insightful. He's a man who doesn't idly waste his own time. Unfortunately, professional philosophers have seen his work and some of them have even tried to correct him, saying with a unanimous conviction that "Dawkins in The God Delusion would fail any introductory philosophy or religion course." It really is quite bad. For instance, he makes strident declarations (twice, I believe) that lead to epistemological skepticism, but perhaps we've misunderstood his intentions.

    It is questionable how seriously he expected anyone to treat this work. It is not written in his usual style, the first-person frame of reference gives away the fact that he is not speaking as a professional, but simply as someone with an opinion, like any of his readers. The book is not organized into an obvious progression but addresses a variety of topics of broadly varying quality and importance. He skips over rather controversial material without a word, neglects to define his terms, doesn't seem overly interested in engaging the arguments of those who intelligently disagree (I'm not even sure he believes they exist), and generally writes as though he is addressing those who already share his position. It seems that Dawkins intended the book simply to provide an outlet for expressing a collection of thoughts that he felt his more avid readers would enjoy perusing. In that case, unfortunately it acts merely as an artifact of belief perseverance for both sides.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 08-18-09
    Gail 08-18-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Liberating"

    The book confirms ideas I had growing up about god and religion: which is just a thick soup full of superstion!
    I find courage to break out from my deeply religious background. IF indeed there is life after death, I will seek out Jesus and this god and DEMAND for explanations; they've got a lot of explaining to do!!!!
    By the way Mr. Dawkins, I know how the magic trick of catching live bullets with one's mouth is done :)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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