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bassplayer, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by bassplayer)
This may not be the Best Book of the Decade, but it is an important and memorable book, and Dawkins' body of work as a whole is crucial reading. In that spirit, I cast my vote.
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anat_jaffe, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by anat_jaffe)
Articulate,convincing with a dash of sarcasm the book intelligently yet abordably presents the case for agnosticim and atheism. In the process, the reader learns about evolutionary theory and is sold on sharing the author's admiration for the genius of Darwin. The book helped to clarify the mysteries of life and strangely enough lessened my existential angst.
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Robert Bower, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Robert Bower)
Perhaps the most important book of the decade in terms of its potential impact on human societies. Presents a clear and attractive alternative to the "Us vs. Them" attitudes that have arisen from religion-based terrorism.
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hrip, February 5, 2009 (view all comments by hrip)
This book is so boring, Dawkins goes on and on giving the same type of examples over and over. His arguments are not very good and seems to be a bit repetative.
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Laura Croteau, December 1, 2006 (view all comments by Laura Croteau)
One of Dawkins' recent reviewers commented that this is a "brave and important" book. I agree whole-heartedly. The God Delusion unpacks the concept of religion from every possible angle - cultural, political, sociological, anthropological - and importantly, this book speaks to the idea of a 'personal' god. Dawkins writes in full awareness of the significant weight private religion can throw around in the public forum. In the interests of science and our collective future, Dawkins refuses to apologize for what many will perceive as an intrusion.

Dawkins has written yet another compelling, insightful, and quite funny book. Although I find Dawkins' often circuitous approach confusing, I enjoyed his exhaustive exploration of his subject. The reader of The God Delusion may expect to find challenge, stimulation, growth, and a renewed sense of secular empowerment between the covers of Dawkins' most recent plea for a thinking world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618680009
Author:
Dawkins, Richard
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
God
Subject:
Atheism
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.42 lb

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Product details 416 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618680009 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

A typically bold and incisive book from one of our great science writers, The God Delusion pulls no punches. I gave it to my cousin in hardcover last year, and he hasn't stopped citing passages since. "There are lots of people out there," Dawkins notes in the preface, "who feel vague yearnings to leave their parents' religion and wish they could, but just don't realize that leaving is an option. If you are one of them, this book is for you."

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The antireligion wars started by Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris will heat up even more with this salvo from celebrated Oxford biologist Dawkins. For a scientist who criticizes religion for its intolerance, Dawkins has written a surprisingly intolerant book, full of scorn for religion and those who believe. But Dawkins, who gave us the selfish gene, anticipates this criticism. He says it's the scientist and humanist in him that makes him hostile to religions fundamentalist Christianity and Islam come in for the most opprobrium that close people's minds to scientific truth, oppress women and abuse children psychologically with the notion of eternal damnation. While Dawkins can be witty, even confirmed atheists who agree with his advocacy of science and vigorous rationalism may have trouble stomaching some of the rhetoric: the biblical Yahweh is 'psychotic,' Aquinas's proofs of God's existence are 'fatuous' and religion generally is 'nonsense.' The most effective chapters are those in which Dawkins calms down, for instance, drawing on evolution to disprove the ideas behind intelligent design. In other chapters, he attempts to construct a scientific scaffolding for atheism, such as using evolution again to rebut the notion that without God there can be no morality. He insists that religion is a divisive and oppressive force, but he is less convincing in arguing that the world would be better and more peaceful without it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The antireligion wars started by Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris will heat up even more with this salvo from celebrated Oxford biologist Dawkins. For a scientist who criticizes religion for its intolerance, Dawkins has written a surprisingly intolerant book, full of scorn for religion and those who believe. But Dawkins, who gave us the selfish gene, anticipates this criticism. He says it's the scientist and humanist in him that makes him hostile to religions — fundamentalist Christianity and Islam come in for the most opprobrium — that close people's minds to scientific truth, oppress women and abuse children psychologically with the notion of eternal damnation. While Dawkins can be witty, even confirmed atheists who agree with his advocacy of science and vigorous rationalism may have trouble stomaching some of the rhetoric: the biblical Yahweh is 'psychotic,' Aquinas's proofs of God's existence are 'fatuous' and religion generally is 'nonsense.' The most effective chapters are those in which Dawkins calms down, for instance, drawing on evolution to disprove the ideas behind intelligent design. In other chapters, he attempts to construct a scientific scaffolding for atheism, such as using evolution again to rebut the notion that without God there can be no morality. He insists that religion is a divisive and oppressive force, but he is less convincing in arguing that the world would be better and more peaceful without it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Dawkins focuses heavily on the monotheistic religions with quotations from the Bible and Koran that sanction genocide, rape and the killing of unbelievers....Bible-thumpers doubtless will declare they've found their Satan incarnate."
"Review" by , "This is a brave and important book."
"Review" by , "A resounding trumpet blast for truth....It feels like coming up for air."
"Review" by , "At last, one of the best nonfiction writers alive today has assembled his thoughts on religion into a characteristically elegant book." Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor, Harvard University, author of The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate
"Review" by , "To those readers tired of being told that they must bow respectfully before every absurd or bizarre superstition they encounter, and who worry about the effects of this atmosphere of hyper-tolerance on the health of our society, Dawkins' irreverent and penetrating work will seem a breath of fresh air."
"Synopsis" by , Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin"s Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.
"Synopsis" by ,
In his sensational international bestseller, the preeminent scientist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins delivers a hard-hitting, impassioned, but humorous rebuttal of religious belief. With rigor and wit, Dawkins eviscerates the arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of the existence of a supreme being. He makes a compelling case that faith is not just irrational, but potentially deadly. In a preface written for the paperback edition, Dawkins responds to some of the controversies the book has incited. This brilliantly argued, provocative book challenges all of us to test our beliefs, no matter what beliefs we hold.
"Synopsis" by , A preeminent scientist — and the world's most prominent atheist — asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.

With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. 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, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.

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