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 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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My fourth consciousness-raiser is atheist pride. Being an atheist is nothing to be
apologetic about. On the contrary, it is something to be proud of, standing tall to
face the far horizon, for atheism nearly always indicates a healthy independence
The reason so many people don't notice atheists is that many of us are reluctant
to 'come out'. My dream is that this book may help people to come out. Exactly as
in the case of the gay movement, the more people come out, the easier it will be ...
Whether Jefferson and his colleagues were theists, deists, agnostics or atheists,
they were also passionate secularists who believed that the religious opinions of
a President, or lack of them, were entirely his own business. All the Founding ...
Richard Dawkins. might American atheists achieve if they organized themselves
properly?* David Mills, in his admirable book Atheist Universe, tells a story which
you would dismiss as an unrealistic caricature of police bigotry if it were fiction.
Anecdotes of such prejudice against atheists abound, but Margaret Downey,
founder of the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN), maintains systematic
records of such cases through the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MarcusBastos - LibraryThing
Religion and Science The case against religion or religious beliefs is not an easy one. Richard Dawkins exposes it comparing religion with science. He also devotes some pages to elaborate on ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - scottcholstad - LibraryThing
Very good, no doubt, but after all the hype, a little underwhelming, I felt. And frankly a bit too boring. I really think in this school of authors, Hitchens is more readable and generally better while I get a lot more out of Dan Barker even. Still, a good work. Read full review