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 love that it is read bybthe author and I am glad he is good at it. Having a second, female, narrator is also helpful
I think this was a good book, well worth the time. However, it was fairly distracting/annoying how it constantly switched between two narrators. Both were good, but I think they should have just used one of them, or else had them alternate chapters or something.
I got goose bumps several times throughout this book, purely from the staggering scientific explanations of our biology. Not that I needed this book to convince me of the absurdity of believing in a god, but Dawkins just states it with such inarguable logic that I find myself wanting to clap my hands in appreciation. He has scientifically validated atheism. Bravo!
Business Traveler who enjoys audible books on the plane and long car trips. Also enjoy while hiking for exercise.
This book helped me organize my own random thoughts and beliefs. I've listened to it twice and will listen again but have now moved on to other Dawkin's books. Am currently reading Dawkin's The Magic of Reality. He is quickly becoming my favorite author and philosopher. I am following his Twitter page now to keep abreast of his latest thoughts and would love to hear him speak.
Great objective analysis of all things about god and religion. Of you often find yourself feeling that there is something wrong with religion this nook will help you verbalize these feelings.
Dawkins is confrontational, but not militant. Argumentative, but also compassionate. A good read for any skeptic, a must for all religious.
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