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Outgrowing God

A Beginner's Guide
Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (238 ratings)

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Should we believe in God? In this brisk introduction to modern atheism, one of the world’s greatest science writers tells us why we shouldn’t.

Richard Dawkins was 15 when he stopped believing in God.

Deeply impressed by the beauty and complexity of living things, he’d felt certain they must have had a designer. Learning about evolution changed his mind. Now one of the world’s best and best-selling science communicators, Dawkins has given listeners, young and old, the same opportunity to rethink the big questions.

In 12 fiercely funny, mind-expanding chapters, Dawkins explains how the natural world arose without a designer - the improbability and beauty of the "bottom-up programming" that engineers an embryo or a flock of starlings - and challenges head-on some of the most basic assumptions made by the world’s religions: Do you believe in God? Which one? Is the Bible a "Good Book"? Is adhering to a religion necessary, or even likely, to make people good to one another? Dissecting everything from Abraham’s abuse of Isaac to the construction of a snowflake, Outgrowing God is a concise, provocative guide to thinking for yourself.

Includes a bonus PDF of photographs and charts.

Advance praise for Outgrowing God

"My son came home from his first day in the sixth grade with arms outstretched plaintively demanding to know: 'Have you ever heard of Jesus?' We burst out laughing. Maybe not our finest parenting moment, given that he was genuinely distraught. He felt that he had woken up one day to a world in which his peers were expressing beliefs he found frighteningly unreasonable. He began devouring books like The God Delusion, books that helped him formulate his own arguments and helped him stand his groundDawkins’s new book is special in the terrain of atheists’ pleas for humanism and rationalism precisely since it speaks to those most vulnerable to the coercive tactics of religion. As Dawkins himself says in the dedication, this book is for ‘all young people when they’re old enough to decide for themselves.’ It is also, I must add, for their parents." (Janna Levin, author of Black Hole Blues)

"When someone is considering atheism I tell them to read the Bible first and then Dawkins. Outgrowing God - second only to the Bible!" (Penn Jillette, author of God, No!)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Critic Reviews

"With wit, logic, and his characteristic flair for expressing complex ideas with uncanny clarity, Richard Dawkins separates myth from reality in Outgrowing God. His book is more than a beginners’ guide to atheism: it is a primer that liberates us to see and explore the beauty of the Universe free of fables and fantasies." (Neil Shubin, paleontologist and author of Your Inner Fish)

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No new ground is covered.

If you have read The God Delusion then you don't need to read this one.

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  • JB
  • 10-09-19

Absolutely Amazing. Brilliant.

This is the perfect follow up to the God Delusion. Dawkins does it again. I loved it. Please read. ❤️❤️❤️

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A reminder

A reminder that the burden of maintaining religious beliefs is on the believer and not on the society at large. While individuals may maintain any belief they want, cultural and societal beliefs need to be governed by reason and science.

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Even good for us PhDs

Dawkins brings a piece work that is very needed. Even if you think this is designed for just teenagers, you should give it a read or listen. It’ll help with your arguments when talking to others.

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Unified Life Theory

This is a great collection of facts we have gleaned over the years. If you are well versed in the sciences, bit much will be new, but the presentation of some concepts next to one another creates new larger more important concepts. Easy to listen to and not so confusing you will be lost. I recommend this for anyone questioning their faith in a higher power(s). Have fun joining the future of thought by outgrowing God.

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Paves a path to no god.

Great book showing why there is no need for a god. Lays out the "facts" that show how god is made up and science is the true path.

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If you are just starting to question...

READ THIS if you are just in the research phase of looking at your own personal beliefs. For those of us who have been at it a while, this book was a bit of a yawn. Part one is really great and reaffirming. Part two is slow and redundant until the very last chapter. I do enjoy listening to Mr. Dawkins speak. I really wanted to learn something new. Something I just haven't heard in my 6 year journey to freedom from religion. I fear I have read or heard everything at this point. It's like all the books say the same thing over and over using different prose.

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Very well constructed arguments for young readers

I actually recall thinking some years back if Mr Dawkins would ever write a book for younger readers so I was very happy to see he had done so. The audio book flows by in a very concise manner offering a younger and or “beginner” reader who may be curious about Atheism a very strong argument for it along with clear and compelling supports to each claim. I wish I had access to a book like this when I was a young kid questioning the role of religion in my upbringing and indeed, the world. If you are an open minded parent then I highly recommend adding this audio (or text) book to your young human’s reading list. Though this book is clearly aimed at and curated for young readers it is still a compelling and information rich source for older readers too (especially those dipping their ties into the concept of Atheism). Mr Dawkins does such a commendable job arguing science and reason over dogma and superstition. Excellent addition to his catalogue!

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Best Dawkins since the Delusion!

Richard Dawkins has changed my life. I listened for 6 straight hours. This dude is the shit. This one is a lot less technical and a great story.

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A must read/listen

I loved it. Have an open mind with this one. I will revisit this material again, soon.

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