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)
What a fantastic recording. Dawkins and his wife are wonderful speakers, and by creatively splitting up the recording between the two of them we are provided with a very entertaining transition from section to section as the book progresses. Dawkins's points are all well thought out and researched, though he does work quite a bit of attitude into the audio recording, presumably as it was meant to be presented in the book. The attitude can, at times, come off a bit crude, and most assuredly would offend anyone suffering a religious practice out of this book's completion, though I imagine those with religious convictions are likely to sell the book short through misrepresentation even if they were to finish the book (see low star reviews obsessing over his attitude and his "dismissal of ... faith").
Great book for those curious about Atheism or Richard Dawkins's works.
I had heard much about Dawkins, of course, and read a bit of his stuff, but this book was a complete surprise: poorly reasoned, terribly written, and narrated by the author (with ghastly asides by a woman narrator) in a tone of voice dripping with condescension and impatience. Not only does he not "prove" the non-existence of God (an impossibility anyway), he completely fails to grasp the psychological complexity of religious belief, or come to terms with the odd human characteristic of the will to believe in something beyond ourselves.
I think that the subject says it all. I suppose that this book may hold epiphany for some, but it was all old news. I do believe though, that people need to leave the closet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
From this seller--NOTHING--IT BULLSHIT!!
Just send me a fucking CD or let me download a Fucking MP3 file
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