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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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  • Derek D.

    Some of these reviews are hilarious. This book was well written by an evolutionary biologist, ethologist, Oxford professor and someone who opened my eyes years ago watching him debate multiple evangelicals such as William Lane Craig, Wendy Wright (which was hilarious) and Cardinal George Pell. I grew up indoctrinated in private catholic school. My grandfather used to make us say the rosary every night so my first brush with atheism was purely out of the feeling like I was being sold something. Every time I asked a question I was basically punished, how dare I question the word of god? Well, I kept my mouth shut for years but still skeptical of this god that I was being taught about 6 days a week. I couldn’t help but notice that we would go over the same verses constantly. I took it on myself to read the bible cover to cover and couldn’t believe some of the things I read. Jealousy from god? Taking slaves, both for work and pleasure? Genocide? I knew something wasn’t right. As the years went on I found people like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennet and of course Christopher Hitchens. I will admit that it’s hard to tell who actually removed the religious veil over my eyes but it was definitely either Christopher or Richard. The more I read about the gods of the Mediterranean prior to “jesus christ” the more and more I shed the religion that was forced on me as a child. Now as a father of two I will let them grow up questioning everything they hear. I’m just glad that Richard Dawkins and his colleagues mentioned above are leaving works like this book that I can refer my children to when they grow up. I thank the author again 10 times over. I now see the light and the wonder of the earth and I will not take this short time of life that I have for granted. Thank you Richard. 5 star book 5 star man.

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  • S S.

    I would give this a “0” if it was an option. This book is a rant against organized religion obviously because the author was hurt at some point. That is unfortunate. It doesn’t make his points truth just because he is a good “ranter”. It just makes him sound like a bitter man.

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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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