The God Delusion

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Bantam Press, 2006 - Atheism - 406 pages
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Richard Dawkins in one of the country's most famous scientists. He is also one of our most outspoken critics of religion. In THE GOD DELUSION he presents his arguments for atheism. While this book is unashamedly polemical, Dawkins adopts the rigourous approach of a scientist and applies it to the questions of religion, religous faith and the existence of God. Some of the issues he addresses include: * A history of religious conflict. * The impossibility of disproving the existence of God - something that has become a 'get out of jail free' argument for the inviolability of religion. * Morality, where it becomes extra-religious; many moral changes and definition (e.g. women's rights, black civil rights) have occured sometimes against the resistance of the religious community. * The fact that in some countries religion remains an excuse for the subjugation of women's rights. * The fact that by forcing religious belief on our children we are denying them intellectual freedom. * Denial of evolution which is an impediment to intellectual progress. * Science fulfilling the same psychological needs as religion. This is a hard-hitting, accessible and powerfully thought-out examination of religion in the modern world. While the West is becoming increasingly secularised, the rise of religious fundamentalism in other parts of the word is dividing opinion. This is a timely and extremely controversial book that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and fundamental of subjects.

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It seems like a lazy way of writing/making an argument. - Goodreads
Reason without intense research, that is. - Goodreads
It is a starting point, not a conclusion. - Goodreads

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Staple work for logically consistent theism vs atheism arguments. However that's all it is. There was little emphasis on the bigger picture, consequences or weight of these decisions. Read full review

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This book was not as enlightening as I'd hoped. Most "revelations" seemed rather obvious, and it contained more political ("get the atheist voice out") rhetoric than I would have liked to see. So, while I didn't find it horrible, there wasn't much new information for me either. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Richard Dawkinsis the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and a fellow of New College.The Selfish Genecatapulted Richard Dawkins to fame, and remains his most famous and widely read work. It was followed by a string of bestselling books:The Extended Phenotype,The Blind Watchmaker,River Out of Eden,Climbing Mount Improbable,Unweaving the Rainbow,The Ancestor's Taleand a collection of his shorter writingsA Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the

recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science, the Kistler Prize in 2001, and the Shakespeare Prize in 2005.

In February 2006 Channel 4 broadcast two documentaries called The Root of All Evil? written and presented by Richard Dawkins, which explored some of the arguments developed in this book.

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