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)
This is the enlightened level of thinking and researched education that enhances my life. I enjoyed the mental stimulation and introspective thinking it has renewed in me.
The audio version is much better for me as I 'get' the material much faster than reading and will listen again, several times, because I want to really learn from this book.
Dawkins offers a different perspective of how we justify religion in so many areas of our lives and explains a much more logical meaning for all of it. Well done.
I enjoy hearing Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward team up for this reading. I'll be listening a couple more times to catch anything that I missed with the mountain of information provided.
Sharia law is only as scary as the inquisition, the dark ages, the crusades, the Salem witch trials and the hundreds of wars fought in the name of whatever God was trending. Religion has proven to be far more dangerous and destructive than atheism could ever be. True evil lies in the heart of the zealot
It feels like listening to an 18 year old express his view of the world.
I'm not ruling the discussion is wrong or naive, but it is full of mockery and examples or opinions unsupported by studies that makes it irritating and repelling. Too bad he keeps referring to his reasoning as scientific...
I hope I can find someone else who can make the atheist case more maturely and scientifically.
I laughed a lot. I love this man he is hilarious and brilliant. Only thing I want to mention that was a tad annoying is based on the Audible formate. The book has 10 chapters but Audible lists 14. Not a huge deal, unless you are like me and want to immediately go back to a previous chapter right after it is referenced.
Got this audiobook hoping to find some scientific explanations for and against religion, all religion. All I got was Christian bashing and insults hurled toward that one religion. It is loosely science based but more making statements that Christianity is not probable so it must be wrong. Very disappointed by this book.
I really despised the female reader with her condescending and angry tone when any religious ideas are discussed. It sounded like she was adding her own anger toward religion rather than reading the book as facts that are written by someone other than her. The male reader was very pleasant and did not add what wasn't necessary. You might like this book but I was deeply disappointed.
Very thoughtful and interesting. I was annoyed at times with his condescending and elitist tone at times, however, and I can't see how he might have much success in "converting" religiously-minded people into atheism, after basically calling them and surely a large majority of their friends and family idiots. I feel that instead he provides rather good material for people to justify their already atheistic or agnostic leanings.
Again, Dawkins brings poignant ideas out of the back of one's mind to look at in a clear new light.
One of the best fact books I have ever read. The book really opens up you mind to start thinking outside of the box.
The part about how children are indoctrinated by their parents is really interesting. It highlights the importance of good education for a society to thrive.
I like the interactions between the two narrators.
I like they way the book is in general not pointing fingers and leaves it up to you to decide what to conclude and think.
This should be a must read for anyone using rhetoric and teaching. There is a lot of inspiration to get here.
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