The God Delusion

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 16, 2008 - Science - 416 pages
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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.

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Dawkins is well-researched and has a good prose. - Goodreads
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Logic is dry; bad ad hominem argumentation is fun. - Goodreads
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Eye opening, witty, inspiring. Richard Dawkins is a brilliant scientist, and wonderful writer. I found the information to be totally accessible to us non-scientists, while not patronizing us. He also ... Read full review

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User Review  - Casi K. - Goodreads

Lots of interesting facts and perspectives but sometimes I found it quite boring. I recommend Bill Nye's Undeniable instead. Filled with similar fascinating facts but wholly stimulating. Read full review

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Page 29 - There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.

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Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor’s Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil’s Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.

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