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The God Delusion

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Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

20 Hours 7 Minutes

Tantor Media

January 2007

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Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins 'Darwin's Rottweiler' for his fierce and effective defense of evolution.

Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

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.

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  • Anonymous

    I was highly anticipating this title, but found it very boring and did not get past disk 2. The arguments were vague and hard to understand.

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  • Bob Stewart

    I don't understand the review that claimed that Dawkins isn't "anti-religious." I'm an atheist and found this to be a screed. It had some interesting points, but was largely a diatribe against organized religion. At times I found it difficult to remember that Dawkins is a well regarded scientist...he went out of his way, not to defend atheism, but to trash religion. And I'm already on his side!

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  • Anonymous

    l absolutely love this book it hit on so many great points I couldn't stop listing to it.

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  • Tareq K

    This was an excellent book. Very logical and convincing arguments against God, albeit mostly from a philosophical rather than a scientific view. I would recommend it to all especially the skeptics. The tenth and last chapter was quite odd, off topic and just weird, as if it was from a completely different and unrelated book. Yet it is still a well written and interesting book overall.

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  • Keller G

    Good, but not extraordinary. I particularly prefer Dawkins as a biologist rather than an atheist militant.

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  • Tyler Scott

    I liked it. I didn\'t love it. I agree with almost all of his points and he definitely covers all of his bases. I expected no less. However, it wasn\'t the most interesting book on the subject. The meme and evolutionary points may be difficult to understand for people who don\'t follow science or his other works. A bit long and redundant, but otherwise worth the read. If you only feel like reading one book on atheism, I\'d recommend hitchens book, god is not great instead.

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  • James Rothrock

    Very well written. You'd have to be a bit of a science buff to fully appreciate it because Dawkins dives DEEP into his explication several times. The end lost me a little. My favorite thing about the book is it isn't just more "preaching to the choir".

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  • Marian Davalos

    Fantastic book. Very interesting and great arguments :)

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  • Gilbert Sanchez

    Great book. Love Richard Dawkins. As a atheist, since as long as I've ever known, this book felt to be pandering to those religious individuals that are on the fence with their beliefs. He went really far into proving his philosophy on Darwin's evolution compared to creationism. (He had me at Hello!) The first few chapters were especially difficult to get into because Richard Dawkins is proving himself. So I understand when other reviews struggled with these chapters. But if you can get towards to end. It is awesome! Knowledge is power and Richard Dawkins gives you plenty of ammunition. Highly recommended!!!

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  • Mathias Paumgarten

    I was already on the side of Richard Dawkins to begin with. I've seen other pieces from him, such as the unbelievers and several hours of his debates. I find the book astonishing and rather good in it's arguments, but one has to be aware that he takes a very very strong position opposing religion. Maybe a good bit harsher than the average atheist or naturalist would. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and already suggested it to several people.

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