This is a great book, worthy of all the praise it gets. All open-minded people should read this book. Closed-minded folk won't get through it as it may be prove too damaging to their delicately structured, dogma-insulated mentalities.
The audio book's not available in Italy, where I live and I had to buy a hard copy in Britain. Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Running scared, are they? So they should be.
As Dawkins so rightly points out, so many religious people haven't even read their own religion's 'sacred' texts and don't even understand their religion in the slightest and, indeed, have never questioned it, but merely follow theocratic dogma blindly.
I urge everyone to read, or listen to, this book. It will, at the very least, make religious people examine themselves and their religion and will help atheists and would-be atheists understand just how very dangerous religion, and especially blind faith, really are and how our lives are affected negatively by religion and ?faith-heads? on a daily basis.
I congratulate and thank Richard Dawkins.
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As an atheist this is a bit late for me I was born again and this time I was free to choose my belief based on reasoning and wider more informed point of view than the pressure that family and tradition bring to bear on a child and I was liberated from burden of religion.
This book I think work better for those looking for answer that will reassure them in their quest for truth and will lift the veil of deception and expose the machinations of religious thinking in a consistent and informed way. it will give you no easy answers just a tool to see behind your life long indoctrination into whatever religion you have been born.
It is methodical and erudite, and at times it feels that we strike the same nail till we pulverize it. but it is a great read for people that are religious but have doubts and for agnostics waiting for that last push into freedom.
Somehow, I can say I was a changed person after listening to this. The churches must find it controversial, but I guess he was convincing. I always come back to the topics in everything I see and observe around me since. Powerful!
Although I am already an atheist, I wanted to get this book due to its notoriety. I wasn't disappointed!
The book is broken down into basic arguments (or rather, statements of facts) each taking a single chapter. The narration is by Dawkins and his wife. It's clear and concise, each point of fact followed to its natural conclusion. It's almost clinical in its approach ensuring that there can be no misunderstandings.
I loved it. As an atheist I found it compelling and the dry humour and sarcasm made me laugh out loud. I cannot fault the research and conclusions. Dawkins is a professional and respected scientist and this book is akin to a research thesis, clinical, to the point and (naturally) derisive in that there is no logical reason to believe in a God so why do it!
Maybe this should become the atheists equivalent of the bible except it's based on fact not ancient fiction. For those of you that are hovering between belief and atheism then this book should make things clearer. If you are a true believer, this book will either upset you or make you begin to question your faith.
The only criticism that I have is the use of 'difficult' words. Fine for someone who has a good grasp of the English language but would be a little difficult to follow for those that aren't.
Overall a great book. Good facts, good humour and good listening.
The God Delusion is a very interesting, well thought out, account about ideas on religion and the absence of a God figure. It is well reasoned, basing an alternate mechanism to God creating the universe on probabilities and Darwinian evolution which explains the origins / development of life. However, I would suggest that some of the latter chapters lose some scientific objectivity and the argument can come across as a rant.
I bought this after having read the book twice. In terms of content it is brilliant.
Dawkins argues everything so clearly and is one of the few intellectuals who, in my opinion, makes his subject available to the general public without dumbing it down.
As it should be with such discussions, I didn't agree with the arguments on a few issues but the general direction is unquestionable and has helped me to formalise my own debates with 'believers'.
An extra plus to the audio version is the narration. So often I download books that I have read and enjoyed, not to be able to listen to them because of tedious narration. This is not one of those books.
This is a must read book for people of all persuasions.
I had been thinking of downloading this book for some time, but as a committed atheist, I wasn?t sure if it would be for me ? I don?t need convincing. I also thought it would be dry. How wrong could I be. I love this book, and the narrative with Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward is very entertaining. I was reminded of the wonderful writing of Douglas Adams with both readers narrative ? appropriately enough, the book is dedicated to Douglas Adams, a good friend of Dawkins (who met his wife and fellow narrator, Lalla Ward though Douglas Adams).
After all, Professor Dawkins is challenging some of the most deeply held beliefs of human beings and doing so unapologetically.
I feel rather embarrassed on Professor Dawkins's behalf. He does not patronize the believer, unlike most theologians and philosophers. He's doing something they should be doing but are not. And what is that? Telling the facts about religion. Most believers would be distraught (as I myself was once) if they were to discover just how unashamedly professional theologians, biblical scholars, and apologists lie to 'the flock'. They seem to be of the opinion that 'the sheep needs simple faith', though 'of course we scholars have a much more sophisticated view of things.'
First of all, I have not read any of the reviews of this book, so I bring no influenced persuasion to mine.
If anybody who has any doubt, no matter how small about how we perceive ourselves on this Planet and fundamentally, how we came to be here at all,....then, Please, please, please, Read or Listen to this wonderfully explained History of Everything.
Nothing Mr. Dawkins Writes is 'made up', all the facts are laid bare in virtual chronological order for the reader to see.
Even if I do not have the education to fully understand some of the more erudite concepts conveyed here, I can absolutely understand the reasoning behind them.
I just wish the whole religious world would wake up to the fact that whatever their 'god' is, their 'god' has basically been invented by predecessors who had absolutely no understanding of even what the Sun or Moon was,.. let alone the Earth!
So, thank you Mr. Dawkins for justifying my questioning of all the religious rubbish I have encountered in my life, (mainly christian and catholic to name but a few of so many who think theirs is the best!)..
and giving me the strength to oppose ALL religious ideas forthwith.
People CAN be Good and Moral without having to subscribe to a Frankly absurd notion of their 'god' watching over their every action and thought, intent on damning them to 'Eternal suffering' should they
think or do something against the so called 'commandments'!!
If you are going to believe in something, get real and believe in reality.
GREAT BOOK.. BUY IT!!!!
I loved this book, I've read other Dawkins books but this is my favourite so far. I have really tried to be religious but just not been able to make myself believe. I've tried lots of different religions thinking "perhaps it's just this religion I don't get lets try another and see". I eventually tried the Quakers, the most free and relaxed religion I've found and came home and realised there's too much God in Quakerism even. I'd been brought up to think good people were religious and so I felt like I should be religious but I'd suddenly realised I was an atheist. Richard Dawkins is like having your dad tell you it's ok not to believe in God. I read this book after I'd watched his tv series Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life. I then bought an Atheists Guide to Christmas (it was Christmas time after all) and the God Dellusion. I've started the New Year as an atheist and am much happier for it. I have Richard Dawkins to thank for helping me to sort through my thoughts and for going through each of the arguments for religion systematically and explaining why it's a poor argument.
Richard Dawkin's narration is excellent as always. Its nice that he mixes up the narration by having parts narrated by someone else. Lala Ward has narrated some of his other books and I find her voice a bit too prim sometimes but its rather sweet knowing that she is Dawkin's wife.