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The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780593058251 (0593058259)
Publisher: Bantam Press
Pages no: 406
Edition language: English
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juniper green
juniper green rated it
5.0 Der Gotteswahn
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.
Sci-Fi & Scary
Sci-Fi & Scary rated it
4.0 The God Delusion
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...
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it
4.0
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. ...
cjc
cjc rated it
2.0 The God Delusion
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, ...
Quite the Wondering Selection
Quite the Wondering Selection rated it
4.0 The God Delusion
Good perspective. Made me a stronger aethist with some good evidence.
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