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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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    James New York, NY, United States 03-12-07
    James New York, NY, United States 03-12-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Must Listen for all"

    I find it amazing in this day and age that we are brought up to question and critically analyze everything with the exception of religion. Regardless of what you think your current beliefs are this book should wake that questioning up. It shows all the flaws and warts that are brushed over in a typically religious society. Whether you agree with his reasoning and conclusions, it is an important debate that theologians brush over and dismiss out of hand. After all, how many religious zealots campaigning against gay marriage follow Lot's example and offer them their virgin daughters instead?

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    Jesper Esperg?rdeDenmark 03-07-07
    Jesper Esperg?rdeDenmark 03-07-07
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    "360 degree analysis of current state of affairs"

    I am impressed with how patiently and accurately Mr. Dawkins takes on the task to uncover not alone the origin of much of the current unrest and wars around the world, but also how he details the common reason and background for most of the worlds religious beliefs. Being Danish and therefor among a minority of people suddenly thrust into a fierce world-wide debate concerning how far you are are allowed to express your freedom of speach, eg. draw the prophet Mohammed or not, I find the books' points very assuring. It brings all the pieces togehter, all religions at once, and puts them into the perspective of why the world will not find piece as long as the various religious doctrines justifies any self-claimed believer a "just cause" for conflict. Witty, and for many surely politically incorrect, it is class read and provides much needed answers to why many conflicts seem to be endless and self-fueling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Dublin, CA, USA 02-24-07
    Marc Dublin, CA, USA 02-24-07
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    "Excellent Book"

    A very interesting book. The author is intelligent, logical and well-spoken. I highly recommend this book to all open minded individuals.

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    David Pacifica, CA, USA 02-21-07
    David Pacifica, CA, USA 02-21-07
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    "Perfect..."

    Cautious, meticulous…every aspect covered from every angle. If you could memorize this book, you could crush the delusions of all the ‘believers’ in the world; all faiths, all delusions. I suppose you could specialize down to sentence fragments, like our religious friends do with their heavily edited, intentionally misinterpreted bibles, korans, and other such books of fiction.

    It's just great. I'm listening a second time.

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    Mark brooklyn, NY, United States 02-18-07
    Mark brooklyn, NY, United States 02-18-07
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    "great book"

    Once again, Dawkins writes a coherent and logical book that manages to change my mind about the out look with which I view the world. Chapter by chapter he reviews the arguments for the existence of God and offers simple and powerful counterarguments. He then ventures into the reasons why the 'God Idea' may be so pervasive in society.
    My only negative comment is his repetition (He must have said "who created the creater?" almost 100 times!) His overuses 'the anthropic principle', a concept that is not all that clear to begin with. Overall, though, it was a good read.

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    Robert Mark Flagstaff, AZ USA 02-18-07
    Robert Mark Flagstaff, AZ USA 02-18-07 Member Since 2005
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    "A must read"

    Can't recommend this book highly enough. For all thinking people.

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    "Atheists of the world Unite"

    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!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elliott 02-07-07
    Elliott 02-07-07
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    "The beauty in godlessness"

    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.

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    Mike Houston, TX, USA 02-07-07
    Mike Houston, TX, USA 02-07-07
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    "Original Ideas Wanted"

    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.

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    Timothy Industry, CA, USA 01-31-07
    Timothy Industry, CA, USA 01-31-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Overdone"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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