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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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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 01-05-07
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 01-05-07 Member Since 2005
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    "excellent"

    if i could i'd force everyone to read/listen to this book and certain others. until people start using their brains this world will continue down the path it's on. the "religion of greed" and the greed of religion will be the downfall of not only this country, but many others.

    2 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Christina north las vegas, NV, USA 03-08-07
    Christina north las vegas, NV, USA 03-08-07
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    "smart, but a sales pitch"

    smart arguments, but painful to listen to. it was as if it was a late-night infomercial, redundantly re-stating how the author was right and the others were wrong. a good argument, but excruciating to hear them say it.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Vreeland Birmingham, Alabama 07-31-09
    Jeff Vreeland Birmingham, Alabama 07-31-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Long Books Full of Facts"

    If you are looking for facts that are presented by an Atheist to debunk any religious theology then this book is for you.

    Dawkins does what he does best and blast you with fact after fact of historical reference material of why [Fill in Religion] is wrong.

    One thing I could not get past was his immediate dismissal of hope and faith from the human behavior.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan San Diego, CA, USA 02-03-07
    Ryan San Diego, CA, USA 02-03-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Not Touchy Feely"

    I considered this book a few times but was always turned off by the title. I wanted to learn more about our mental health system, but I didn't want to sit through a heart wrenching first person account of the suffering.

    Luckily the author's experience as a reporter allowed him to give a very balanced account--focusing more on the system than the emotions surrounding a single (personal) case.

    It was a very interesting set of stories, and I think it could do a lot to readjust our attitudes.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica Ogden, Utah 05-06-07
    Veronica Ogden, Utah 05-06-07 Member Since 2004

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    "Get behind me"

    I was curious to hear how anyone could make a case against God. The book strengthens my belief in God. I didn’t crawl and evolve from a sea creature. To tell you the truth I wasn’t able to make it though the book. It’s so ridiculous. I respect anyone’s right not to believe in God but there’s a difference in not believing and thinking there is no God. If God is a figment of my imagination then, I’m on one heck of a good trip.

    4 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Sun Valley, CA, USA 10-01-08
    Joseph Sun Valley, CA, USA 10-01-08
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    "I thought I had faith"

    I bought this because a Christian radio program said to boycott it. I hate information control so I bought it.

    In his Book Dawkins treats the "Theory" of Evolution as if it were a "Law" already.

    The argument is made over and over that Christians don't know who made God and that's true.

    But Evolutionists don't know who made life. And the fossil record doesn't show hybrid creatures that are part fish and dog or pig and bat etc...

    So why treat a "Theory" as if it were a law? Why not believe in Design since your just hoping anyway?

    The fossil record shows quantum leaps in skeletons not a all the intermediate skeletons you'd expect from evolution.

    Also talk about blind worship -- this guy is all over Darwin with a love and worship that really is tender and touching.

    Sometimes it seems like the author thinks Darwin is the creator.

    If and when the "Theory" of Evolution becomes a law then force it on people. But until then remember -- it's just a "theory".

    Christians should buy this book though to know some of the Evolutionist view points and be able to answer intelligently when questioned.

    9 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Norbert Evans Nine Mile Falls, WA United States 11-17-13
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    What disappointed you about The God Delusion?

    I wanted a CD audio book so I could listen to this in my car--what I have gotten so far is a total waste of my money and I will be calling for a full refund---THIS IS A PIECE OF SHIT


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    From this seller--NOTHING--IT BULLSHIT!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just send me a fucking CD or let me download a Fucking MP3 file


    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond Madison, WI, United States 06-17-10
    Raymond Madison, WI, United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2000
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    "Dawkins' Case for Intelligent Design"

    An atheist suggested the book to debunk God. I found it made a better case for Intelligent Design. First, he summed up the origin of life as a billion to one chance with the emergence of the ameba. After that, Natural Selection took over and the rest was evolutioning history. What is Natural Selection? It is the tendency of simple life forms to evolve into more complex life forms. That is how the lowly ameba became a tiger, a tiger a chimpanzee, and a chimpanzee a man. Somewhere, too, that same ameba became a plant, then a tree, and then a tomato. How this happened despite the laws of physics, and biology is not mentioned. Second, Dawkins tells us the opinions of past and recent politicians, scientists, philosophers, comedians, etc., about their views of God. Dawkins needs to ask him self, so what? If God exists does it matter what mortals think? Third, Dawkins explains how cultural heritage is passed on from generation to generation through what he calls memes. Unlike genes that are found in our DNA, memes have no physical properties; they are like mental extensions that give us uniquely human traits such as our emotions, our intelligence, our skills, and our beliefs. Things that separate us from our animal ancestors. Does Dawkins mention how one generation teaches future generations? Finally, Dawkins makes a startling revelation about Quantum Mechanics. He tells us that QM is so complex and confusing that we mortals can neither understand it nor even comprehend how it operates in the cosmos. But it works! And yet we are supposed to believe it came about by random chance. Or maybe, the physical world has the same Natural Selection process: simple matter become complex matter and also initiates physical laws. Sounds more like Intelligent Design.

    1 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher LAFAYETTA, LA, USA 12-14-07
    Christopher LAFAYETTA, LA, USA 12-14-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Good for believers and nonbelievers"

    This is good for believers because they will help you understand what you believe what you believe.

    Is good for nonbelievers because it will give you the confidence to stand up for your belief in science.

    The most important thing this book does is show reasons is harmful.

    0 of 16 people found this review helpful
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