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  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward, Richard Dawkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

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.

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins 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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why bring out the abridged version first!!

  • By Robert on 18-08-11

Terrible dross

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-11

One of the laziest treatments of theism around, it shows a crass disregard for scholarship of any kind. To give a specific example, where I have some expertise, his section on Pascal's Wager is the worst I have seen in six years of doctoral study (and I've read over 150 different essays on it). Simply type 'Pascal's Wager' into Google and you will see much better treatments by atheists like Alan Hajek, or agnostics like Grahaam Oppy. Dawkins did not perform even the most perfunctory research (such as actually reading the text of Pascal's Wager), but trades upon his false reputation as an Oxford academic.

It is a book of claptrap, so full of errors as to be a positive embarrassment to serious scholars on both sides of the religious divide. It is popular, because it appeals directly to the redneck atheist who buys into the thesis without any desire to actually check any of the details. It is merely an example of the fundamentalism that it affects to decry.

If you must buy it, then make sure to read 'The Devil's Delusion' by David Berlinski (a secular Jew) as a counter-balance.

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