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)
Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?
As I become older, I get further and further from the maker that I was raised to believe in. I don't know why, but I've always question if there is a God. Just because of my upbringing and how I was raised, I still pray to God, hoping there is an another life after this. In my heart, I know there is a true God, but in my mind, all of the evidence that I've seen and read in the Bible and diffident doctrines from other religions besides Christianity, it doesn't makes sense there are any Gods.
This is something that I will never get an answer to until my life ends. I have accepted that my faith is not as strong as others, but I don't consider myself as an atheist either.
Richard Dawkins in "The God Delusion" questions a lot on all faiths. Maybe too much for one to handle. I'm read many books on this subject and the information in this book is just too broad. His ideas and examples are too scatter for someone to get into this subject. He explains a dozen of ideas all at once, but doesn't go in depth for his reasoning. I wished that Dawkins would have narrow the subject down, if God is a delusion and gave scientific examples for the theory, but instead you get everything all at once.
For someone like myself that always questioning their faith, there is no absolute answer. The Book of Job in the Old Testament is one of the best known testimonials in the Bible. Job had it all and then Satan punished him with the permission from God because God and Satan made a bet on Job's faith. God won the bet because Job remained faithful to him and rewards Job at the end.
I have to ask myself on how is this possible. No rational person would torment their child to prove their children's love for their guardian, but God did. This is why I keep reading on this subject, if there is a higher power after this life.
I would definitely recommend this book, to Christian friends and atheist friends. There are not many books about atheism, so I think it would be good for Christians to see that we are not "devil worshippers" or people to be afraid of.
It was for sure worth the time to listen to it. I learned a lot about evolution and the argument for atheism, even though I already consider myself one.
Yes - Enthusiastic narration is provided by the author, who is an accomplished public speaker.
Sam Harris' Moral Landscape
The author knows the material and is extremely passionate. He nails it.
No- I never do books in one sitting.
I might listen to it again. I think he talked about a lot of things that I might gain more from if I were to listen again.
I think the most compelling thing is just how illogical religion and god are and how he demonstrates that. If you can listen to it and really think about it without getting emotional, you can see how illogical it all is.
It was interesting having two readers to clearly distinguish between the author's words and others'.
No. I found myself agreeing with so many things he had to say. I was surprised actually how much I agreed. It's scary to not believe in god or religion when you grow up in a world where so many people believe so strongly and think that without religion you're less of a person. It was nice to hear from someone who has put a lot of thought in to it and made very intelligent and logical arguments.
Facts, Facts, Facts
The author make a solid argument for the belief no god exists. It won't change a religious persons mind, but open minded people should get something out of it.
Any religious person won't get past the first two chapters before they call it rubbish, and shut the audiobook off. It is based on facts, science, and logical arguments. It should give most atheists more ammo.
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.
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