The God Delusion
A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old... show more
A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines 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. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.
Publish date: October 18th 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co. (Boston/NY)
Pages no: 406
Edition language: English
, Popular Science
No, not perfect in its argumentation; and yes, Dawkins is preachy. However, considering what and whom he's up against I'm inclined to forgive him his flaws.
I have issues with a couple things in this book (comparing religious indoctrination to sexual abuse, mainly), but overall I'm really glad that I read it. Even more glad that I went back and *re-read* it almost immediately, because it is not the type of book you just breeze through once. There are po...
This took me a while to get through, not because it was bad, but because there is a lot of information and material to get through and understand (and I had to take multiple breaks to get away from the realistic, logical arguments and read something fun).Overall, I think this was very well written. ...
The first time I tried to read this book, I gave it up within about three pages, convinced that it was far too narrowly focused and inadequately researched to be a worthwhile criticism of religion. I had also recently seen the author give an interview in which he showed himself to be an unbearable, ...
Good perspective. Made me a stronger aethist with some good evidence.