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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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