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Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins' arguments against religion are well known. The God Delusion is a collection of such arguments, with answers to many of his critics. Some people object to Dawkins' stance on religion, but he rejects the idea that arguing about religion is OK as long as you keep away from a list of taboos which you are not allowed to mention - this is strictly no-holds-barred. Thus he shows how horrible the message from religious scriptures would be if you took it all seriously, as well as speculating on how religious belief could have originated in the first place.

Dawkins claims that the book is an argument against religion in general, but I found that actually his arguments were chiefly against its more irrational forms. Arguments against those with more moderate beliefs seemed weak to me - the only one of substance being the effective support they give to the more extreme proponents. So if you are an atheist then you probably enjoy Dawkins arguments, but I feel that it is probably more important for those of you of a religious frame of mind to read it, to check whether you really identify yourself with the more ridiculous things done in the name of religion. info
Hardcover 406 pages  
ISBN: 0618680004
Salesrank: 25692
Weight:1.4 lbs
Published: 2006 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Hardcover 416 pages  
ISBN: 0618680004
Salesrank: 23551
Weight:1.4 lbs
Published: 2006 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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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.