Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.
Winner of the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007
Richard Dawkins is considered to be one of the world's top intellectuals. As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, he has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.
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 those of women and gay people - and all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind.
Dawkins attacks God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed, cruel tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign, but still illogical, Celestial Watchmaker favoured by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the ultimate improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. In The God Delusion, Dawkins presents a hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types and does so in the lucid, witty and powerful language for which he is renowned.
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"A spirited and exhilarating read...Dawkins comes roaring forth in the full vigour of his powerful arguments...." (Guardian)
"Everyone should read it. Aethists will love Mr Dawkins's incisive logic and rapier wit...." (The Economist)
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Yes, I agree that evolution is an obviously compelling alternative to religions theory of creation but I'm not sure it stretches everywhere Dawkins wants it too. Or if it does he lost me in his reasoning.
He also makes some terrible comparative examples. In the section on religion enticing war Dawkins generalises from some pretty extreme preachers to make his case. Yet in a later section he inexplicably defends the catholic church against widespread abuse of children suggesting indoctrination via a religious education is a worse crime.
I agree with his atheist position and many of his arguments are damming. Yet the book is let down where he chooses to argue from some very sketchy ground.
God Is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens, purely based on the subject matter.
This title takes a more evolutionary focus.
I've listened to many debates Dawkins has participated in, which are unrehearsed and live.
This book is obviously going to be better.
I enjoyed the back and forth narration between two narrators. It livened up the dense scientific chapters a lot.
It is a well put together book with some new arguments I'd never heard.
Very balanced thoughtful review of the evidence, the facts and the imagined. Highly recommended to anyone who is open minded enough. Unfortunately the religious probably won't be.
This book made me realise what a sheltered life I have. It was thought provoking, bit sad and funny at times. Read it and you will see the world with your eyes more open.
I found The God Delusion positively enlightening. I'm an atheist (brought up a Roman Catholic so chose atheism as soon as my mother gave me the option). The case for atheism is given intelligently, humorously, and with no condescension. The facts (for they are facts, not arguments) are very revealing, and hopefully help to remove the blinkers of religious dogma from as many people as possible.
The voice of Richard Dawkins really is relaxing and easy on the ear.
Hard to say as theres no real characters to call a favourite.
No I have not listened to their other performances but I look forward to doing so.
Theres too many to choose from and I do not want to offend anyone.
This is an excellent book and it works very well with Richard Dawkins reading with his wife Lalla Ward. Dawkins argues against religion and never looses one's interest. He is knowledgable, amusing and devastating.Listen and open your mind if you are religious or listen and bolster your arguments if you are not. Then buy the book and read it and then read Dawkins' other books. He teaches difficult things so even I understand!
The audio content of this recording is excellently presented by Dawkins and his wife, Lalla Ward, who alternate speaking to very good effect. Dawkins is at his most interesting and persuasive when talking about his specialist subject, evolutionary science, and has got a great deal to say about a wide range of other subjects. The book ranges from theology to social sciences to physics to ethics and the listener picks up some fascinating titbits of information and anecdotes along the way.
Unfortunately, I felt that Dawkins? passion for his cause, combined with his layman?s knowledge on the majority of the themes, leads to several rather irritating and poorly thought-out assertions which diminish the overall message of the book. I was left feeling short-changed after yet another sweeping dismissal of a complicated theological area and desperate to hear the other side of the story.
Overall, this book will open your mind to a wide range of discussion topics and give you much food for thought. I would, however, consider the abridged version as 15 hours of the author?s rhetoric gets a little wearying.
"A Fantastic Read"
The story telling by Mr Dawkins and Miss Ward is really well done, and adds another dimension to a already well written and intelligent book.
The best thing about the story is that it shatters the shackles of being controlled by other people, (which whatever people say is the point of religion, to control you) and opens your eyes to the fact that there are no spirits, magic or anything supernatural that you need to fear, we do good because we are good people and we want to, not because there is some judgmental thing watching us. The world is clearer and safer in that knowledge.
N/A but I will.
Really is a must read for everyone, I want my children and grandchildren to read this, if people actually stop and think about what we are told by these "people of faith" and look at how so much of the world's problems are because of them and there ever crusade to be in control of your lives, the world would be a much happier place.
Dawkins has been a major contributor to my education on evolution and natural selection. His style and presentation gets complex ideas across with clarity and simplicity. This is an important work that sadly is unlikely to be experienced by many of those who would receive benefit from it. It has all the clarity of Dawkins at his best.
I particularly liked the "two handed" narration. The alternation of voices is used well to give emphasis and variety and never appears contrived in a way that would have been so easy. More audiobook producers of factual titles should consider using this technique
Sure, he was preaching (pun intended) to the converted, but Richard Dawkins also gives you a lot to think about in this great book. I was facilitated as I listened to different theories on why religious folk can be such nut bags. Give it a listen, test your faith or confirm your convictions.
"Dawkin's slays the Dragon"
Science lights the Dark
I like the last chapter on how special life is and why you don't need any super natural being to explain why it is. Trillions of beings could have been here instead of you, yet you are here. With those odds who needs the lottery.
Dawkin's does not shy away from stating facts that others would shy away from. His arguement, as usual, is well thought out and convincing. He lays out the make believe of religon. To see the world through his world is far more beautiful than one described by the religous.
This is hands down one of the most fantastic books I have read so far. For atheists, agnostics, or questioners of religion. This book will wrench open your eyes and force you to see the truth. I would especially recommend this book to religious people who would like to dig deeper in their faith from a scientific perspective. A MUST read.
Thoroughly rational, well laid out arguments for the ideas presented. This is not a rally cry for fellow atheists, rather a comprehensive discussion on why there is such a need to be more educated and informed on this critical issue. Lalla's interjections as 2nd narrator is at times jarring but the purpose of punctuating certain points is generally effective.
"An incredibly intriguing conception of human mind"
The narrator was excellent. I will be listening to it again precisely to put things in a firmer perspective. Excellent book for those in search of arguments to invalidate their belief in modern day religion. Fanatical theists may want to think twice before reading or listening to this devilish rendition of the music of nature.
"Everyone Should Read/Listen"
A must! Incredibly interesting and thought provoking! Can't recommend highly enough! Loved it, will be listening again to take it all in again though!
"A compilation of arguments against not thinking"
Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion makes us wonder about a world without God, Religion or Irrational thinking. With extreme patience, Dawkins makes us question the basis of fundamental ideas while explaining the alternatives.
"Entrancing and entertaining"
This book was entrancing.
For years, I've been lead to believe that this book was a poorly researched, disorganized, poorly supported neanderthal rant against religion. I would have to disagree. I found Dawkins' book to be a methodically logical, well-researched, well-argued and entertaining critique of religion.
Astonishingly, I found that as I read this book in 2014, time and time again in 2007 Dawkins had clearly, succinctly and convincingly countered every apologetic argument and claim I parroted from at least 2009 until 2013.
Perhaps a good reason not to rely on the opinions of others, particularly those with a bias.
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