The God Delusion

The God Delusion

eBook - 2008
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Argues that belief in God is irrational, and describes examples of religion's negative influences on society throughout the centuries, such as war, bigotry, child abuse, and violence.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008
Edition: First Mariner Books edition
ISBN: 9780547348667
Branch Call Number: EBOOK 211.8 D322G 2008
Characteristics: 1 online resource (463 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 24, 2020

I really enjoyed this book and found great truth in these sentiments:

1. Trumps name could be substituted for God in the title.

2. The author refers to Christian fundamentalists in the US as the American Taliban

3. I would like to echo the statement by Naturalist in the comments section. To paraphrase, "Good men do good things, evil men do evil things and for good men to do evil things it takes religion."

I look forward to reading more of his work.

Sep 11, 2020

For any readers out there who have ever had any really serious doubts about the overall validity of Christianity - Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" certainly does its best to shake religious beliefs right down to their very foundations.

So - If you do have strong and unshakable Christian (or Islamic) views, then, "The God Delusion" is one book that is definitely gonna put you on the defensive and, perhaps, leave you with some genuine mistrust and well-grounded reservations about your "God-Almighty".

Aug 31, 2020

In "The God Delusion" confirmed atheist and noted scholar, Richard Dawkins, literally, comes out fighting and through his well-researched narrative he reveals more faults and flaws within Christian and Islamic religions than there are fishes swimming in the oceans.

Of course, you, as the reader, don't have to agree with everything that Dawkins boldly states in his book. But with that said - "The God Delusion" does provide some very enlightening food-for-thought on the whole subject of religion where the author clearly points out just how truly detrimental believing in "God" really is to the continued existence of every man, woman, and child living all across the face of this doomed planet.

Aug 06, 2020

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
Steven Weinberg 1933-

May 21, 2020

I've read the outline. I've watched interviews. Jesse Bering is closer to the truth. A rare statement.

Jan 17, 2020

What a great, thoughtful book! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I know this book and author had stirred up some consternation from some of the religious among us, and I expected the book to be more harsh and negative, but actually it was entertaining and upbeat. If one's belief in scripture or religion was solidly based, it should be able to withstand criticism from all sides and the religiously inclined wouldn't fret so much about someone challenging their ideas. If, on the other hand, someone's beliefs were fragile and poorly constructed, then there is no doubt that they'd be afraid of the slightest criticism! I highly recommend this book to both believers and sceptics; it has a lot of good ideas, history, and analysis.

Jun 21, 2019

I enjoyed this book shortly after it was released and credit it with taking me from mostly agnostic to full fledged atheist.

Jun 20, 2019

Fantastic book! I'm not new to the subject and I thought I'd be bored. I disagree with the commenters who believe Dawkins is disrespectful to believers--he simply gives his opinion, but isn't hateful at all. A must read for anyone who's interested in religion in any way.

Jun 20, 2019

Dawkins covers very wordily the subject of the possibility that there is a God and his own atheism well, but also seems defensive, making a major issue of it, particularly at the end of the book where he delves into the history of religions and the horrors done it its name. Also, his concern is with the mental and emotional abuse done to so many children, who, in turn, inflict it upon their children. As a non-believer, I think of religion as a comfort to the believers but am concerned about the harm done to people and the acts they have performed in the name of their religion(s).
The author presents a problem that adherents of a God have in giving up their belief because “faith” demands that one think it is true regardless of facts or lack thereof. Hence, it is unlikely in my opinion, although possible as the author attests, to quit religion, after reading this book. Atheists may find that he is “preaching to the choir,” so to speak, and need no more convincing.

Apr 22, 2019

Richard Dawkins’ unapologetic defence of his beliefs, often in the face of vicious attacks, is refreshing and inspirational (some thoughtless reader was even spurred to write rude (and ignorant) comments into the library book that I borrowed: so it must have touched a nerve). This is a courageous, bold, brilliant, witty and highly engaging book which does a great job of exposing truths in this very sensitive area. Sadly, questioning the truth of religious items of faith still seems to be taboo. These days the very concept of truth in general seems to be under attack from several quarters. Whether these trends are related or not, there is danger in both of them. If that concerns you then you should appreciate this book.
The future well-being of our planet depends on enough people accepting and acting on important scientific truths, which certain vested interests (often but not exclusively religious) are trying very hard to suppress. If you care about the future then you should care very much about the extent to which society, and by extension its leaders, are facing up to these truths.

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May 29, 2009

"Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, and the film made from it, are arousing huge controversy in church circles. Christians are encouraged to boycott the film and picket cinemas that show it. It is indeed fabricated from start to finish: invented, made-up fiction. In that respect, it is exactly like the gospels. The only difference between The Da Vinci Code and the gospels is that the gospels are ancient fiction while The Da Vinci Code is modern fiction."


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