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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He was ordained an Anglican priest and became a chaplain at my school, a
teacher of whom I was fond. It is thanks to decent liberal clergymen like him that
nobody could ever claim that I had religion forced down my throat.* In another
In greater numbers since his death, religious apologists understandably try to
claim Einstein as one of their own. Some of his religious contemporaries saw him
very differently. In 1940 Einstein wrote a famous paper justifying his statement 'I
If the advocates of apartheid had their wits about them they would claim – for all I
know truthfully – that allowing mixed races is against their religion. A good part of
the opposition would respectfully tiptoe away. And it is no use claiming that this ...
There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or
God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful
weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly.
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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