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The God Delusion

38 Ratings: 2.6
A book by Richard Dawkins

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam … see full wiki

Author: Richard Dawkins
Genre: Religion
Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
Date Published: February 01, 2007
15 reviews about The God Delusion
review by . October 06, 2010
Pros: well written, excellent points      Cons: Gets a bit old after a while.      The Bottom Line: Excellent read for anyone that questions religion or loves a good debate about it.      Growing up, I was Protestant, we went to church, not every week but on a regular basis. I did all of things that a normal Christian would do, but my parents didn't strictly adhere to the bible by any means. During middle school, I even kept up on religion, …
review by . July 01, 2010
You already know if you're going to like this book based on your religious beliefs. Religious beliefs usually remain pretty steadfast and so unless you're unsure this book probably won't persuade you. It doesn't help the way its written.      Books don't don't much more controversial than this. Dawkins is a well known vocal atheist and in this book he sets out to systematically prove that God does not exist. He uses a number of very compelling arguments …
review by . July 31, 2010
Before reading this book, I had never read anything by Richard Dawkins.  I had seen him on YouTube, and I can honestly say that Mr. Dawkins was the one mainly responsible for transforming me from a semi-believing but still doubting Catholic, to a full-fledged militant atheist.  With that being said, I think this book will only truly persuade those who are already on the fence.  If you are a devout religious person who is guaranteed to never change their minds, this book will be a …
review by . July 13, 2010
At last!      An intelligent look at the insanity of religion.  If you are agnostic, read this book and come over to the bright side.  If you are atheist, read this book and feel the waves of reassurance and support while arming yourself for the next debate with a religious nutcase.  If you are a "believer" then please either recognize that your beliefs are an reflection of the arbitrary facts of your family history, race, ethnicity, and the people you've …
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
I'm no opponent to religious critiques, but I found this book lacking any serious argumentation.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
as someone who is completely undecided on religion, I looked forward to taking in this point of view. but the pompous and didactic tone of the book made it unreadable
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
You will either love or hate this, I think.
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
review by . October 31, 2009
After Sir Richard Attenborough, Richard Dawkins is probably the wrold's most famous natural philosopher. Dawkins is also the world's most famous advocate of evolution, and enemy of creationism. This is his latest book, and it specifically targets the logic of religious thought. The book's title is not quite appropriate to its subject. Instead, Dawkins clearly states that he thinks the existence of God is a hypothesis that can be proven or disproven. He then proceeds to cite evidence that argues …
review by . May 11, 2008
Pros: Science and psychology parts are interesting     Cons: Easily beat by a seasoned theologian; atheists have heard it all before     The Bottom Line: There are better books about a god's non-existence out there     I should probably tell you where I stand first on this subject: I am 75 percent atheist, 25 percent supernaturalist, and zero percent religious. When I introduce my spiritual views to new people, that’s a bit of a mouthful, …
review by . April 12, 2008
Please read this objectively before rating its usefulness. My own beliefs are left unstated. With such a controversial topic, the danger is that the star rating gets equated with the rater's agreement of the reviewer's own stated or implied position on God's (non-)existence, not on the reviewer's assessment of Dawkins' own claims for denial of God. I'm summarizing my response to Dawkins as I have hundreds of other books rated by me on Amazon, so I strive here for the same fairness I try to give …
review by . August 10, 2007
Rejoice! my friends, and sing hosanas unto the great Richard Dawkins, for he has brought unto the opressed masses a Way, a Path, a Guiding Light to a new freedom for the world. (Badger XXXV, Chapter 8, verse 10)    Ok, perhaps that's a tad overblown. :)    This book is many things. It's well-written, entertaining, a little bombastic and a little snide at times. I many ways it's almost atheist dogma. But it isn't ever dull and in all these things it's also …
review by . January 15, 2007
Pros: Very logically presented.     Cons: Tone, arbitrarily attributed motives, is sometimes condescending     The Bottom Line: If you believe in God and the Bible despite logic, avoid it. If not, you may enjoy it.     The God Delusion is not your typical scientific text. Dr. Richard Dawkins (atheist and devoted Darwinist—which seems odd to me since, as far as my understanding goes, he should consider himself a natural selectionist; …
review by . December 15, 2006
Zoologist Richard Dawkins made his name originally for his lucid popular science writing in the fields of biological and cultural evolution - his wonderful works The Selfish Gene and The Extended Phenotype are still compulsory reading in this fascinating field - and more latterly for increasingly intolerant, grumpy tracts inveigling against religion. The God Delusion is the latest - and grumpiest - in the second category.     It's hardly surprising that Dawkins - an evolutionary …
review by . October 15, 2006
Dawkins has written his anti-theistic manifesto very carefully, without any pomposity or ostentation of words. It's long, but it's wonderfully clear, elegant, witty, and honest. Fun to read, in short, if you're already comfortable with the ideas. Profound and disturbing, if those ideas are outside your customary thoughts. Clearly this is a book well beyond the reading habits of most Americans, and that is its only weakness. Someone should adapt it for children, with appropriate illustrations, and …
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