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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Preface to the paperback edition 13 Preface 23. 1. A DEEPLY RELIGIOUS NON-
BELIEVER 31 Deserved respect 31 Undeserved respect 41. 2. THE GOD
HYPOTHESIS 51 Polytheism 52 Monotheism 58 Secularism, the Founding
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RESPECT. The boy lay prone in the grass, his chin resting on his hands. He
suddenly found himself overwhelmed by a heightened awareness of the tangled
stems and roots, a forest in microcosm, a transfigured world of ants and beetles
A widespread assumption, which nearly everybody in our society accepts – the
non-religious included – is that religious faith is especially vulnerable to offence
and should be protected by an abnormally thick wall of respect, in a different
And the law seems to respect this. You can't get away with saying, 'If you try to
stop me from insulting homosexuals it violates my freedom of prejudice.' But you
can get away with saying, 'It violates my freedom of religion.' What, when you
What is so special about religion that we grant it such uniquely privileged respect
? As H. L. Mencken said: 'We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in
the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful ...
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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