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.'
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.
Unlike 'Geoff' from Stockton-on-Tees (a previous reviewer of this work), I have had the benefit of actually listening to the book, and having read most of the rest of the Dawkins oeuvre besides. His writing is never less than exhilarating, and very often devastating. For me, the key theme is his critique of religion as an all-purpose excuse-generating mechanism, whether it is providing the justification for wars, discrimination or plain ignorance about the natural world. Alas, those who are too intellectually cowardly to listen beyond the preview will never experience the thrill and/or challenge of Dawkins' arguments.
I also feel that the book benefits from having been presented in this two-narrator audiobook form, and wonder whether Professor Dawkins' publishers have considered giving his other works a similar treatment.
The writer puts into plain English, what I have always instinctively felt, this straightforward analysis of what humans insist on believing, and more to the point 'why' they believe often against all common sense, was a joy to listen to...Dawkins examines why religion in all its forms, persists, and tries to explain how this has arisen from a Darwinian standpoint. This type of book is important I feel, due to the rise of the 'intelegent design' lobby particularly in the US, who threaten to cripple the teaching of science in schools... like the other reviewer , I am better off for this pure common sense book...well done Richard
I've both read it and listened to this, several times now, and thought I'd wait a bit before adding my comments.
As an audiobook, it's superb - well read, and yes, the two voices work.
As a book, the content is remarkable, well-thought through and devastating - yes, Dawkins has strongly held views and a real anger about religion, its sources and its consequences. It is the book that atheists and agnostics who previously weren't sure why they felt what they felt have been waiting for - it articulates all their concerns.
Which is why, religious readers, simply dismissing it is both foolish and counter-productive. If we cannot read it, respect its honesty (even if we disagree) and counter its arguments intelligently and thoughtfully, other than by stamping our feet and sticking our fingers in our ears then we have no right to take the high ground. (And getting personal and vindictive is hardly Christian!)
Know your enemy, and work out the best way to deal with him! Are we really so insecure about our beliefs that we cannot counter Dawkins on his own ground, intellectually?
The aim of the book: to turn the reader into someone who denies all things supernatural; worked on me. And I feel all the better for it - and I didn't know I would.
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.
Whatever your opinion of Richard Dawkins may be, he creates a compelling argument in the God Delusion. The book is quite long, but never gets boring. Non-fiction books like this work perfectly as audiobooks, and The God Delusion is no exception. Recommended, as long as you're not the type of person who would get offended by the subject matter.
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!!!!
Wherever you stand on the whole issue of religion, this is a fascinating book. It's unfairly maligned by many with sturdy convictions. Everyone should read it.