The God Delusion

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Bantam Press, 2006 - Atheism - 406 pages
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Richard Dawkins in one of the country's most famous scientists. He is also one of our most outspoken critics of religion. In THE GOD DELUSION he presents his arguments for atheism. While this book is unashamedly polemical, Dawkins adopts the rigourous approach of a scientist and applies it to the questions of religion, religous faith and the existence of God. Some of the issues he addresses include: * A history of religious conflict. * The impossibility of disproving the existence of God - something that has become a 'get out of jail free' argument for the inviolability of religion. * Morality, where it becomes extra-religious; many moral changes and definition (e.g. women's rights, black civil rights) have occured sometimes against the resistance of the religious community. * The fact that in some countries religion remains an excuse for the subjugation of women's rights. * The fact that by forcing religious belief on our children we are denying them intellectual freedom. * Denial of evolution which is an impediment to intellectual progress. * Science fulfilling the same psychological needs as religion. This is a hard-hitting, accessible and powerfully thought-out examination of religion in the modern world. While the West is becoming increasingly secularised, the rise of religious fundamentalism in other parts of the word is dividing opinion. This is a timely and extremely controversial book that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and fundamental of subjects.

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I highly recommend this book. It counters the most frequent thoughtless arguments we hear, all too often, in favor of religion in an eloquent, yet simple fashion. In addition to that, Dawkins never ... Read full review

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I almost skipped posting a review on sites that require star ratings, because this is a hard book to rate in that simplistic way. It's well written and often fascinating, but I have my doubts about ... Read full review

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Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His newest book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence.

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