The God Delusion

The God Delusion

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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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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 102 x 176 x 36mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774294
  • 9780552774291
  • 878

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About Richard Dawkins

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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Granted Dawkins' writing style is extremely engaging and profound, and while his case against religion seems to obliterate the concept of theism, his lobby is not quite there. Many of his arguments are borderline petty. In my opinion, his underlying argument that the only reason we should not do evil is to prolong our existence is pure nonsense. The moment morality becomes a case of prolonging our existence, the world will become chaotic. Many immoral acts do nothing to effect our existence, yet these acts remain immoral. While this is a very interesting read, and while Mr Dawkin's bandwagon (along with the new athiests) will hail it's 'logic', it does not compare to the philosophical arguments which have been debating religion for more
by Michael Alam
We've all been confused at least once if the things we believe in are missleading and contradictory to our own reasoning. In "The God Delusion" Dawkins is simply following reason to discover that not only Abrahamic, but all religions are wrong. If there is a God, than he/she/it is certainly not a omnipotent and omniscent creature that squats in some corner waiting if some of us will say a prayer or cheat one's spouse or say a naughty word... Well, isn't that so puny for some God to do at all!? And what's making us to follow moral values if not religion?! Dawkings has a simple answer to that question too. It's in our genes. We're simply trying to survive and to pass our genes to the next generation. If we would be evil to one another, we wouldn't last long as a more
by Igor Bozovic