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.
"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)
Informative, Insightful, Factual
They don't just read off of a paper. It is asif they are speaking to you and you are a part of the experience
The beliefs/non beliefs of historical figures
My favorite book
Never got that far. Too boring.
By reading it.
can;t remember any of their names.
Definitely in the top 5.
Reality! We live in a world where this is not spoken of often.
The break out of how "god" ruins the world around us.
This book just made me Smile.
I will be giving this to a lot of people for X-Mas! LOL
It would definitely be worth listening to again. There are so many cogent arguments and counter-arguments that it is hard to remember them all. The thought-provoking ideas combined with humor and personal experiences lecturing about atheism makes this a must-read for atheists and agnostics, as well as any religious people with serious doubts.
Dawkins seemed to be speaking to me when he accuses agnostics as being atheists with no backbone. My logic in being an agnostic was that there is no way to prove a negative: you can't "prove there is no god". But Dawkins chides that it isn't up to us to prove there is no god, it is up to theists to prove there IS a god. If we honestly feel the arguments supporting the existence of god are fatuous and transparent lies, then we should stand up and declare ourselves atheists, and not worry about stepping on toes or being thought unsympathetic.
This is my first.
I prefer listening to this in doses, so I can go off and think about what was said, and dive into the next chapter with a fresh mind.
I especially like Dawkins comments about the complete ostracism of atheists in US culture and politics. He notes a poll asking people "would you vote for a for president?" For being "Irish" it was "99%", "Catholic" it was 95%, "Mormon" it was about 80% (this was before Romney), and for "Atheist" it was something like 40%.
The God Delusion was a great read and an intriguing exercise for the mind. Going into this book as an atheist I didn't find anything challenging though I discovered quite a few new ideas and concepts, or at least takes on concepts that were fresh and entertaining.
The only reason I give this a 4-star instead of a 5 is that the organization of the book was a little bit meandering. I didn't get a really clear idea of what he wanted to do with the book, and the last chapter seemed like it should have had a more solid ending to round out the book, rather than attempting to dovetail a few smaller issues at the last second. I think the book could have done with a more solid final chapter.
All in all, I definitely recommend this book, and Dawkins narrates the audio book, along with his associate Lalla Ward, both very brilliantly.
I'm a Atheist and wouldn't show this book to anyone.
Write better for the common man and use someone else to read the book.
Very dry and boring. I found no value to this book.
Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
Reserving 1 star for narration so bad it is unlistenable, I give this audio version of "The God Delusion" 2 stars for narration due to the terrible decision to feature two narrators, the author himself and Lalla Ward. What on earth inspired the producers to take the approach of having the two of them share the narration in back and forth style, I don't know, but the style offers much in the way of jarring distraction without anything at all on the positive side.
What saves the book and makes it listenable is that the ideas within are compelling. All in all, an audiobook to listen to despite the narration, which I hated.
Did I mention that I hated the narration?
Yes, overall the work is well done.
The authors/ narrators were level-headed.
They clearly engage the material and believe what they say. They clearly enjoyed explaining their beliefs, and their facts are genuinely robust and have high validity.
I can't, and that's a good thing since I'm not able to come up with anything.
I wish the authors would have referred to content in upcoming chapters less. It seemed like they overdid this as I recall often hearing "in chapter five we'll talk about 'x', and in chapter seven we'll talk about 'y,' after talking about 'w' in chapter four." There is a place to do this regularly, the preface or first chapter of a book, and, even then, isn't always necessary. Yet, the authors seemed to do this in every chapter but the last, which became annoying, fast.
It was interesting at times and a little boring in others. I think the author didn't do a great job putting a book together. He used too many quotes from people although at times that made his point well. I agreed with just about everything in the book and just found myself nodding along frequently. I don't think this book would do much to persuade people one way or another but hopefully those it reaches will at least cause those people to think.
This was an amazingly enriching, REFRESHING, logical, and beautifully written book and I am so grateful to have it in my library.
I come from a very strict religious background and I'm not ashamed to say that the title scared me some but I am so glad I got over it enough to give this book a chance!! It tore my brain open!!
I didn't agree with everything said but I definitely have new tools now, new knowledge and understanding, and AWARENESS...
Thank you so much Mr. Richard Dawkins, and Mrs. Lalla Ward, your voice is whimsical and made of awesome :)
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