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The God Delusion

The God Delusion

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By (author) Richard Dawkins

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 34mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 055277331X
  • ISBN 13: 9780552773317
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 456

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"The God Delusion" caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. 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. "The God Delusion" is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

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Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and a fellow of New College. The Selfish Gene catapulted Richard Dawkins to fame, and remains his most famous and widely read work. It was followed by a string of bestselling books: The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale and a collection of his shorter writings A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science, the Kistler Prize in 2001, and the Shakespeare Prize in 2005. The God Delusion was originally published in 2006 and has since become a worldwide bestseller.

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By Alison Smith 22 Apr 2009 4

I had always questioned the irrationality of religious belief and never really been able to decide why religion didn't grip me in the way it gripped others. The God Delusion brought together many of the questions I had already asked myself as well as making me think of more.

Dawkins covers the subject of religious belief from many angles both Historic and Psychological but always looks at the matter from a purely scientific viewpoint. The lack of scientific evidence for the existence of a god is the basis of the book and the arguments drawn within it.

Having previously considered religious belief to be an inert part of humanity's development I am now more aware that having religious beliefs alters the way an invidividual lives their life.

By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
The other reviews reveal more about the reviewers than the book. Read it with an open mind and be challenged."

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"A very important book, especially in these times... a magnificent book, lucid and wise, truly magisterial " -- Ian McEwan "Written with all the clarity and elegance of which Dawkins is a master. It should have a place in every school library - especially in the library of every "faith" school" -- Philip Pullman "A resounding trumpet blast for truth... It feels like coming up for air" -- Matt Ridley "A spirited and exhilarating read... Dawkins comes roaring forth in the full vigour of his powerful arguments, laying into fallacies and false doctrines with the energy of the polemicist at his most fiery" -- Joan Bakewell Guardian "This is my favourite book of all time... a heroic and life-changing work" -- Derren Brown