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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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    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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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    Misty Albuquerque, NM, USA 01-25-07
    Misty Albuquerque, NM, USA 01-25-07
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    "Clear, concise, and sharp"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 01-19-07
    Michael LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 01-19-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointing"

    I didn’t really need another snobby “intellectual” smacking the face of anyone that doesn’t believe his/her way. The hypocrisy of this man was too much for me. I listened to most of it but finally gave up. I’ll probably try again some other time because he had some very good arguments. But his attitude gets in the way of his message. He rants on and on just like my fundamentalist father, using most every opportunity to denigrate non-atheists and portraying extremist’s activities as the norm. I guess I finally had enough when he equated parents bringing up their children in a religious home to child abuse. How absurd.

    11 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Bishop 01-18-07
    Tim Bishop 01-18-07
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    "Clever and informative"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt st pete, FL, USA 01-07-07
    Kurt st pete, FL, USA 01-07-07
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    "The God Delusion"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Indianapolis, IN, USA 06-24-07
    Darrell Indianapolis, IN, USA 06-24-07 Member Since 2015
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    "A True Disappointment"

    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.

    31 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    James Portland, OR, USA 03-31-07
    James Portland, OR, USA 03-31-07
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    "Attitude overwhelms subject"

    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.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-24-08
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-24-08 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "An argument waiting to happen."

    I normally like (written) non-fiction but this is the second audio non-fiction that I've listened to and I think that it does not translate to audio as well as fiction does.

    It was very hard to stay focused on what the narrators were saying, my mind kept drifting but I'm not sure why. They aren't bad narrators and the content is (or should be) interesting... and yet...

    I caught myself asking several times "who did Dawkins write this book for"? Christians certainly wouldn't appreciate it (since he is attempting to disprove God), and if you're not a believer, why would you listen to a book telling you why you shouldn't be a believer - since you aren't one anyway?

    Ultimately, the book seems rather pointless: he can spend years trying to disprove God but there's not much point in trying to do so because (as he openly admits in the book) the very people he's trying to disprove God to are the ones who won't believe his "evidence" anyway. Huh? So, does this mean he's trying to disprove God to people who don't believe in God?

    See my point?

    I think, perhaps, the purpose of this book is to "stir the pot" - create a point where Christians and atheists can meet for the sole purpose of arguing - because the only reason to read this book is to get your mind ready to argue (either for or against the author).

    There are better things to be doing with our time than seeking an argument: loving, laughing, living...

    12 of 27 people found this review helpful
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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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