The God Delusion

The God Delusion

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006
ISBN: 9780618680009
Branch Call Number: 211.8 DAW
Characteristics: x, 406 p. ;,24 cm

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juan1964
Jun 21, 2019

I enjoyed this book shortly after it was released and credit it with taking me from mostly agnostic to full fledged atheist.

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heidiup1
Jun 20, 2019

Fantastic book! I'm not new to the subject and I thought I'd be bored. I disagree with the commenters who believe Dawkins is disrespectful to believers--he simply gives his opinion, but isn't hateful at all. A must read for anyone who's interested in religion in any way.

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SeattleSaul
Jun 20, 2019

Dawkins covers very wordily the subject of the possibility that there is a God and his own atheism well, but also seems defensive, making a major issue of it, particularly at the end of the book where he delves into the history of religions and the horrors done it its name. Also, his concern is with the mental and emotional abuse done to so many children, who, in turn, inflict it upon their children. As a non-believer, I think of religion as a comfort to the believers but am concerned about the harm done to people and the acts they have performed in the name of their religion(s).
The author presents a problem that adherents of a God have in giving up their belief because “faith” demands that one think it is true regardless of facts or lack thereof. Hence, it is unlikely in my opinion, although possible as the author attests, to quit religion, after reading this book. Atheists may find that he is “preaching to the choir,” so to speak, and need no more convincing.

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ChrisMcMil
Apr 22, 2019

Richard Dawkins’ unapologetic defence of his beliefs, often in the face of vicious attacks, is refreshing and inspirational (some thoughtless reader was even spurred to write rude (and ignorant) comments into the library book that I borrowed: so it must have touched a nerve). This is a courageous, bold, brilliant, witty and highly engaging book which does a great job of exposing truths in this very sensitive area. Sadly, questioning the truth of religious items of faith still seems to be taboo. These days the very concept of truth in general seems to be under attack from several quarters. Whether these trends are related or not, there is danger in both of them. If that concerns you then you should appreciate this book.
The future well-being of our planet depends on enough people accepting and acting on important scientific truths, which certain vested interests (often but not exclusively religious) are trying very hard to suppress. If you care about the future then you should care very much about the extent to which society, and by extension its leaders, are facing up to these truths.

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alexy93
Dec 06, 2018

atheism is the new fundamentalism. True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool—shun him.

it isn't God who says its ok for doctors and women to collude in birthing infants only to rip them from limb to limb and crush their skulls, so that those women can claim it was righteous to do so, for, ' it is (was) my body, and i get to decide what to do with it.' 'hands off my body!' 'hands off our bodies,don't take away our rights to self-determination!'--etc., nauseatingly etc. . . . . //Huxley wrote an excellent novel which illustrates what happens when people believe they are godless (except they secretly believe that Science is really God, and scientists are the priests of/for it): BRAVE NEW WORLD. and, if you have a prejudice against Fiction, or, specifically, Sci-Fi fiction, Huxley wrote many excellent essays on this subject, with which he was increasingly concerned as his life wore on.// John Lennon, PLASTIC ONO BAND, "GOD is a concept / by which we measure our Pain." George Harrison, LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, "The Lord Loves Those Who Love The Lord, and The Lord says whatever you do is gonna come right back on you." Even earlier, during the film, HELP!, John is right in there swinging, mocking the scientists- tight- asses the fictional Beatles have to deal with in the farcical plot of HELP!, the movie. You don't have to be an intellectual to be righter than others. It's not as if intellectuals are the only ones granted the license to think in large terms, you know. I also recommend the Hungarian writer whose last name was Koestler, both for his nonfiction books, and for his fictional and timely, novels. What the heck, might as well throw Graham Greene in there. ( shout out to ramona). . . . THE BASEMENT ROOM. . . D. H. Lawrence, THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER. . . Maeterlinck. . .

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kends26
Nov 21, 2018

Isn't is great to be smarter than all of those before us, knowing that life has no meaning, and that you will never see your loves ones ever again after you die. If you really want to witness Richard Dawkin's intelligence, you must watch the documentary, "Expelled. No intelligence Allowed." Dawkins tells us all his most insightful line in this documentary, "There could be a possibility that aliens from another galaxy came here and planted seeds on our planet for our existence to occur."
A man who doesn't believe in an intelligent design, yet suspects aliens seeded our planet for our existence. Dawkins you're intelligence makes me weak to my knees. Don't worry, folks who love Dawkin's are so open minded with other's opinions. There is probably not one Christian that has ever questioned the existence of intelligent design, but every single Athiest knows for a fact there is no such thing as intelligent design. Unless, of course, an alien from another planet created our existence. Wow!
Athiest's have to be some of the most narrow minded folks on the planet.

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zenonbudzey
Oct 25, 2018

Time for Christianity (and religion as a whole) to go the way of Hercules and Zeus. We have 150 years of research from multiple branches of science that prove humans evolved from an ape ancestor. To deny evolution is to deny Biology, Anthropology, Paleontology and Genetics.
To deny evolution is to deny the encyclopedia definition of HUMAN BEING: "a culture-bearing primate classified in the genus Homo, especially the species H. sapiens."
To deny evolution is to deny every science organization and post-secondary school in the world, as well as all the science magazines, science journals, natural history museums...

Evolution is only still called a 'theory' because scientists use the word theory different from the regular use of the word. For example, the earth going around the sun is a theory (heliocentric theory); gravity is a theory; cells are a theory; germs are a theory. In science, things can be both fact and theory at the same time, as the National Academy of Sciences explains: http://www.nas.edu/evolution/TheoryOrFact.html

There are hundreds of reasons why the Bible fails as a moral compass, fails as a science textbook, and fails as a history book. Because every time Bible authors make a claim about the natural world, they get the wrong answer. The Bible author believed in killing witches, killing homosexuals, dashing baby's heads on rocks (Psalm 137:9), owning and beating your slaves (Exodus 21), and so on and so forth. Despite religion's best effort to keep us in the dark ages, Science has dragged religion kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Richard Dawkins is an expert in evolutionary biology, but honestly he is not the best educator (in my opinion). If your goal is to learn to think logically and to believe true things, I'd recommend The Atheist Experience youtube channel (specifically the videos with Matt Dillahunty)

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Twiggzette
May 17, 2018

When the subject of the "anthropic principle" vs the "ontological principle" comes up, I just sigh and screen out the pro and con religious "philosophical" noise. I'm a physicist with a PhD from a top 5 physics school, and almost all of the highly intelligent physicists I have known are agnostics. Speaking of only the very best physicists I have known, none claimed to be atheists, and only a few Christians & Jews have expressed belief in the existence of "A Supreme God" --- if that is the correct expression for their beliefs, which vary from person to person. Most of us just sit back and say "There is no provable evidence that god exists, and there is no provable evidence that god does not exist." That's because science is based upon provable observations, and religion is based upon faith --- and the two are mutually exclusive, and we physicists are philosophically stuck in the middle in "I Don't Know Land'. I'm far more comfortable being a skeptic than a pro or con extremist.

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mantha071
Apr 12, 2018

1 Corinthians 15:33 “Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for "bad company corrupts good character."

Galatians 5:10 “This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough!”
‭‭”I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.”
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May 29, 2009

"Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, and the film made from it, are arousing huge controversy in church circles. Christians are encouraged to boycott the film and picket cinemas that show it. It is indeed fabricated from start to finish: invented, made-up fiction. In that respect, it is exactly like the gospels. The only difference between The Da Vinci Code and the gospels is that the gospels are ancient fiction while The Da Vinci Code is modern fiction."

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