The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion

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 religi...


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TitleThe God Delusion
ISBN9780618680009
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Release DateOct 18th, 2006
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Co. (Boston/NY)
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Religion, Science, Philosophy, Atheism
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  • Anica
    2007-09-24
    Well, this settles it once and for all. There is no God. Which turns out to be a good thing, considering the God most Americans believe in is a crazy, vengeful, ego-maniacal monster. Dawkins’ insights are so cunning and profound you can’t help feeling embarrassed for the believer.Some of the main arguments:Believer #1: The diversity of life is too complex to be random, so it must have been designed by someone even more complex.Dawkins: If the...
  • Aeisele
    2007-11-03
    This is perhaps the worst polemic against religion I have ever read. Really, if Dawkins actually knew anything about religion, he wouldn't have written the book. Instead, he knows nothing about the subject, and so if you know nothing about something, you don't even KNOW when you say stupid things. For instance, Dawkins brings up John Hartung's article about "love thy neighbor"(Hartung is not, in case you were wondering, a biblical scholar. He's a...
  • Xysea
    2007-07-14
    I am not an atheist, but neither am I a 'true believer'. I border more on 'agnostic', that is to say I believe there is some force beyond this Earth and that I don't know what it is, but I don't subscribe to any particular set of beliefs, per se.Until I come across books like this one. Then, I get an irrational urge to defend spiritual beliefs (but not religion, and that's another discussion).What I mean is, I am generally docile and private abou...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2011-02-04
    The God Delusion - Why there almost certainly is no God?I have been a big fan of Dawkins from the time I read The Selfish Gene. This book does nothing to damage that, even though it is not as logically cohesive as The Selfish Gene. The God Delusion is easier to argue with and maybe even win, if only in my mind. Dawkins argues mostly against the Christian God that created earth and knows nothing of the vast universe beyond. He remains silent about...
  • J.G. Keely
    2007-05-26
    Athiests have been ranked as one of the least trusted groups, and the oft-repeated notion that atheism is the same as amorality is always saddening. A common argument I've encountered is 'if you don't believe in god, then what's to stop you stealing, raping, and killing as often as you like?" And of course, I do steal, rape, and kill as often as I like to--which is not at all.However, if you turn the question around, it has very unflattering impl...
  • Huda Yahya
    2012-07-13
    لا يقل الملحد المتعصب سذاجة عن المؤمن المتعصبكلاهما تكاد تراه محتقن الوجه من فرط الانفعال والتأثروهو يقفز لأعلى و أسفل مرددا : أنا صح .. أنا صحسأتعامل مع دوكينز هنا كمفكر وأفصله عن العالم الذي يمتعنا بكتبه العلمية المتخصصةالعلماء بعيدا عن العلم يد...
  • Manny
    2016-01-19
    I must admit that I was somewhat taken aback when Donald Trump suggested the US should deny entry to Muslims and require them all to carry ID cards. But having had time to get over the initial shock and consider it on its merits, the idea has definitely started to look more attractive. The only problem is that Trump doesn't go far enough.Come on, we need to be realistic here: half-measures won't help. We simply have to face up to the fact that mo...
  • Alex Telander
    2007-11-02
    THE GOD DELUSION BY RICHARD DAWKINS: Dawkins latest book is as brutal and honest as its title. For those who aren’t looking to have their faith and beliefs gravely challenged, you may want to skip this book. Though Dawkins is looking for everyone to read this book with an open mind, whether you’re devoutly religious, agnostic or atheist. Having an open mind is actually one of the New Ten Commandments Dawkins cites. The book begins in a calm a...
  • Nick
    2007-03-24
    Ok, we get it. Religion is bad. Christianity is evil, Islam is maniacal, and all other religious zealots are out of their mind. I guess Dawkins is right...public hospitals, orphanages (both Christian inventions in the West), as well as communal values all have destroyed Occidental culture. I wish we still practiced 'exposing' infants (i.e. literally throwing out unwanted babies, as made popular by the ancients). Although there seems to be correla...
  • Manny
    2008-11-22
    I thought the very best point this book made came right at the beginning. Dawkins reports on surveys carried out in the US, where subjects received a description of an otherwise sympathetic political candidate, and were asked whether they would still vote for them if one extra feature were added. Would it still be OK if they were a woman? 90% or so say yes. Black? Yes. (Well, we have hard evidence on that now!) Gay? Most people still say yes. Ath...
  • Richard
    2007-04-19
    I'm going to get the criticism out of the way before I move on to why I *love* this book.Richard Dawkins is not an easy read. He never pulls a punch, and if any of the beliefs he is attacking in his book are yours then this is going to get your back up. Not for nothing was he passed over as a witness in the intelligent design trials in America. His appearance on the witness stand would probably have worked for the ID advocates as he pointed at ev...
  • James
    2008-08-02
    This book was a dramatic disappointment that did not live up to the "finally someone has proven religion is poppycock" hype it received. Dawkins fails utterly to tear down any meaningful experience of religion, instead he merely reinforces the petty grudges that some atheists have against religion, grudges that betray one's own lack of spiritual maturity and suggest a deeper ailment at work. It's a shame. I saved up my energy to read the radical ...
  • Jasper
    2008-01-02
    As an agnostic I can wholeheartedly promise you that this book is so tedious it will reduce you to tears. He debunks God as a concept and in the process completely misses the point of God. He then just carries on repeating himself through chapter after chapter after boring chapter. If there really was a god, he wouldn't allow people like this idiot to write mind numbing drivel and then market it with tacky gimmicks like the "Come all ye faithless...
  • Trevor
    2007-12-07
    I've had a love / hate relationship with Dawkins over the years. I didn't really like his The Selfish Gene, mostly because I think it tries to explain things on the wrong scale. I quite like his meme metaphor, but think people like Dennett take it too far by forgetting it is a metaphor. The Blind Watchmaker has that long (and dull) bit at the end about computer program insects that is just too painful to read. And then there is the ongoing fight ...
  • Salma
    2012-11-27
    سألني أحدهم عن رأيي في كتاب وهم الإله لدوكنز، و لكن لم يسبق لي أن كنت قرأته... فبحثت في النت و عثرت عليه... قرأت مقدمته و مقاطع متفرقة منه... الكتاب كتاب إلحادي تقليدي، يتحدث عن وهمية فكرة الإله و الأديان بشكل عام و يقدم تصوره عن الأمر بطريقة لا تخلو من ع...
  • Cecily
    2010-04-21
    This book is so well known, it seems almost pointless to review it. If you are a believer, you will not like it, though you're probably aware of that. Dawkins' explicit aim is that “religious readers who open it will be atheists when they put it down” and that unbelievers shouldn't be ashamed to say so, to which end he presents a detailed and cross-referenced set of arguments, examples, discussions and thought experiments, touching on science...
  • Lia
    2008-03-31
    I feel the need to insert a negative review from a believer of evolution and a harsh critic of organized religion. His basic assertion that faith and science are inextricably entangled is sound. However, he leaps off this logical diving board and into a mess of false simplifications about the nature of faith, the logic of science, and the lives of atheists vs. believers. If you want to figure out if evolution is real, read some biology books and ...
  • Helen 2.0
    2016-11-15
    Alternatively, this book could have been titled "One Man's Love Affair with Natural Selection". A very informative read, but in favor of discretion, I think I'll keep my opinions on the issue to myself.
  • Ahmed Hassan
    2012-08-14
    خليني أعترف إني في البداية كنت متخوف من التجربة..القراءة عن الإلحاد..من ملحد!عجيبة الكوميديا في بلدنا..اللي عايز يقرأ عن الإشتراكيه يقرا لمصطفي محمود..واللي عايز يقرأ عن العلمانيه يقرأ لمصطفي محمود..واللي عايز يقرأ عن تجربة تركيا العلمانية يقرأ لرا...
  • Zaphirenia
    2016-12-01
    Κλαίει η ψυχή μου όταν σκέφτομαι τον όγκο των άχρηστων (στην καλύτερη περίπτωση) ή ακόμα και επιβλαβών (στη χειρότερη) πληροφοριών με τις οποίες μας μπουκώνουν κατά τη σχολική μας ζωή. Μας διδάσκουν τι να σκεφτόμαστε αντί του πώς, μας αρνούνται την...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2013-05-16
    The God Delusion, Richard Dawkinsتاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوامبر سال 2012 میلادیعنوان: پندار خدا؛ نویسنده: ریچارد داوکینز؛ مترجم: ا. فرزام؛ سال انتشار به صورت ای.بوک 2007، در 294 ص؛ در ده فصل است و نویسنده به داروینسم اعتقاد دارد و مسیحیت را نقد میکندکتاب غیرداستانی پرفروش س...
  • Erik Graff
    2010-11-06
    When others throw such words as "god" or "spiritual" or "soul" into their conversation I must ask them what they're talking about unless the context is clear. Unchurched, when I was a kid I thought they all meant something, something obscure to me, but still significant. Feeling ignorant and ashamed of this, I generally would let such remarks pass, but they haunted me.The study of Latin in high school was a start in unpacking such nebulous words ...
  • Natalie
    2008-01-03
    I'm a part of the atheist choir to which Dawkins is preaching; but I honestly believe that this book might change a religious person's mind, if they bothered to pick it up (I've been hearing a lot about how many religious congregations are condemning Dawkins's work as a tool of Satan). It's full of scientific goodness, and refutations of common defenses of religion and attacks upon atheism. Suddenly, I don't feel so alone. It's well known how man...
  • Star
    2017-09-24
    "وقتی از من میپرسند که آیا بیخدا هستم ، یک راهکار جالب این است که به سوال کننده خاطرنشان میکنم که خود او هم در قبال زئوس ، آپولو ، رع ، میترا ، بعل ، ثور ، واتو ، گوساله طلایی و اسپاگتی پرنده بیخداست. من فقط یک خدا پیش تر می روم."یکی از بهترین مطالعاتی بو...
  • Ian
    2012-04-14
    PRE-CONCEPTIONS:Singular White Male DominantI thought I might write down some of my thoughts in anticipation of reading this book, so that I can see what changes (if any) I go through.I believed in God, until I was about 13 years old.He was singular, white, male, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant. Anglican, actually, although back then, it was the Church of England.I can't remember exactly why I started to doubt the existence of God. However, suddenly, ...
  • Julian
    2008-05-06
    Reading The God Delusion took a while, but not because it’s long or somehow difficult. It is a jaunty text, in fact, and I found myself often stopping to ponder and/or revel in Richard Dawkins’ happy heathen insights. Also, I do much of my reading on the bus, and you never know when some surly Christian’s going to appear in the seat next to you. Dawkins’ arguments for not believing in God or the “perfection” of the Bible (or the Koran...
  • Kat Kennedy
    2014-06-25
    Rather like the meme, which Dawkins so helpfully coined the term for, this book has permeated through many parts of our culture. And Dawkins himself has become synonymous with the Atheist movement. How else does a book garner more than 10 books published simply to refute it. The first half of The God Delusion is a thoughtful, fact based response to religion, one that I thoroughly enjoyed. The second half tended to veer away from science based the...
  • Sura ✿
    2015-11-26
    لم التقيم "سيء" نجمه واحده ؟ لم لا انصح بقراءته ؟ ليس لانه يخالف افكاري .. بتاتا لكن بسبب : اولا:التعصب: يبدأ في مقدمه كتابه بالحكم على من لن "يلحد" بعد قراءة الكتاب بانه يملك مناعه ضد النقاش العقلاني , وان من سيلحد فهو صاحب عقل نير بدايه متعصبه ان ابتدأ ...