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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
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Paperback, 463 pages
Published January 16th 2008 by Mariner Books (first published 2006)
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Donna I live near my family's in laws who are religious and I do bow my head during grace. And I wonder how I raised a child who could grow up to accept…moreI live near my family's in laws who are religious and I do bow my head during grace. And I wonder how I raised a child who could grow up to accept such nonsense. Perhaps it is at least partially to get along too.
I am still listening to Dawkins. What I hate about most or all religions is the assumption that those of whatever religion are the chosen and if you don't believe you are less than and are damned. I suppose it is what keeps people in those religions, believing in a hereafter of some kind and that only the believers get to go. It makes me wonder if anyone of those so called believers actually read the Bible and all it's inconsistencies. They do pick and choose the parts to believe. Did they ever actually read the words and deeds of Jesus, in the case of Christians? The actions and stated beliefs of most who call themselves Christians lead me to surmise not. (less)
Vvim The author proves himself right by going through a big circular argument. The chapter list pretty much gives this away.
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Anica
Dec 20, 2007 Anica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, but particularly Christians and Muslims
Shelves: changedmylife
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 designer is so complex, then it must’ve been created
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Aeisele
Nov 03, 2007 Aeisele rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rabid squirrels
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 Professor of Anesthesiology). The argument is tha
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Xysea
Dec 28, 2007 Xysea rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested propping up their own arguments in support of atheism
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 about my spirituality and my beliefs until someone goe
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Riku Sayuj
Aug 18, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vikram Johari, Manjunath Muddaraju, Rohini Nair
Recommended to Riku by: Tarun Tripathi
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 the God hypothesis that can arise from new physic
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Keely
The senior Bush once said, during his presidency, that atheists should not be considered citizens of the United States. He expressed that he thought it was not only allowable but desirable to exclude people from the rights and protections of their country, not because they posed a danger or had committed any crime, but because of how they saw the world.

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 saddeni
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Alex Telander
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 and orderly manner, with an opening chapter on the “god
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Nick
Mar 24, 2007 Nick rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with a critical mind
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 correlation between violence, homocide, and arrogance wit ...more
Manny
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. Atheist? Half the population says no! Considering tha ...more
Richard
May 14, 2007 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, but especially anyone religious.
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 every 'believer' in the room and berated them for th
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Carlo
Regardless of your religious beliefs, I urge you to read this book.
Huda Yahya
لا يقل الملحد المتعصب سذاجة عن المؤمن المتعصب‏
كلاهما تكاد تراه محتقن الوجه من فرط الانفعال والتأثر‏
وهو يقفز لأعلى و أسفل مرددا : أنا صح .. أنا صح

سأتعامل مع دوكينز هنا كمفكر ‏
وأفصله عن العالم الذي يمتعنا بكتبه العلمية المتخصصة‏

العلماء بعيدا عن العلم يدعون أحيانا للرثاء
فنادرا ما تجد من هو مثقف تثقيفا حقيقيا‏
وله عذره فعلمه وإسهاماته تكفيه وتكفينا
ولكن بعضهم يأبى إلا أن يخوض في ما لا يعرف‏
يظن أنه بعلمه- مهما كان غزيرا ‏
يكفي لدراسة البشرية ومنظومتها الفكرية العقائدية‏

ولذا كثير من العلماء
الذين يحاولون
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James
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 atheism espoused in Richard Dawkins' The GOD Delus
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Jasper
Jan 14, 2008 Jasper rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: non-fiction
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" Christmas Card I got with mine....I should have ...more
Trevor
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 between him and Stephen J Gould. I always loved Go ...more
Paul
Dec 27, 2011 Paul marked it as assorted-rants-about-stuff  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: god-botheration
TWO RANTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE


Now, here's the thing about this author :

With friends like Richard Dawkins, who needs enemies?

Okay, i said it. Whew, I feel better. He's just so annoying, even when you agree with him. Grr.

Okay, well, so, some time ago I watched Richard's two documentaries "The Enemies of Reason" and "The Root of all Evil" so I should get round to this book at some point, but really, it's so hard to make any kind of sense of this debate.

Right now, I kind of know what the Bible me
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Julian
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 or whatever basic religious text you please) are strong, coge
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Cecily
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, philosophy, psychology etc. Many of his points are f
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Salma
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 عاطفية مفرطة في كثير من المواضع أقرب لتصير تطرفا، _و أذكر وصفا طريفا لمن نصحني به بكون مؤلفه أشبه بجهادي إلحادي_ و يكاد المؤلف يجزم أنك بعد قراءته ستصير ملحدا... أو بعبارة أخرى أدق أنك ستعتنق دينه الإلحادي...0
في الحقيقة الكتاب لم يجذبني لأقرأه كا
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Darrell
Dawkins starts out by citing a recent statistic that shows atheists are the most discriminated against group today. Declaring yourself an atheist in America is political suicide. George Bush the elder once said atheists shouldn't even be considered citizens. People have lost their jobs, lost their spouses, and one man even lost his life simply for being an atheist. Afraid of losing their friends and having family members turn against them, there are many atheists who are afraid to "come out of t ...more
ندى الأبحر
" وهم الإله "

عنوان إجتذبني علي إحدي مواقع التواصل الإجتماعي مذ اكثر من 3 اشهر ، وبعد فترة تعثرت برابط تحميل مُترجم للعربية مما أجبرني علي قرائته عنوة
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يقول أحدهم :
" الجنون صفة لشخص واحد يعاني من وهم ما ، أما عندما يعاني العديدون من هذا الوهم .. يُسمي ديناً "
و ها هنا تكمن الفكرة العامة للكتاب
الحديث عن الإلحاد كمذهب بدأ في الانتشار مؤخراً ، ولولا إعتناق العديدين له لما أثار ضجة فكرية زعزعت الاستقرار الديني في الغرب قبل الشرق

دفعني لقرائته كتاب " لصوص الله " لعبد الرزاق الجبران الذي مهد فكرة اللاأدر
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Natalie
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 many horrors are perpetrated in the name of religion,
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Erik Graff
Feb 01, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: biblical inerrancists
Recommended to Erik by: A.M.
Shelves: religion
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 via etymology. I was lousy at Latin, good at effor
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Kat Kennedy

such wow

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 theory to more personal opinions of Dawkin's and this
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Ahmed Hassan
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 لراغب السرجاني..

المهم.

كنت متخوف في البداية لكن لما قرأت الكتاب أستمعت أيما إستمتاع..
الحقيقة قراءة كتب زي "وهم الإله" أو أي كتاب لملحد متزن ونقده عقلاني بيخرجك أما ملحد واما يطور فهمك لمسألة الإيمان أكتر..
وفعلاً أستفدت جداً من الكتاب وطور فهمي للأمور.

ريتشا
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Natali
I am so thankful for this book. When reading Dawkins' deconstruction of religion, I felt as though he was articulating thoughts I had thought in some form or fashion throughout my entire oppressively religious upbringing. I had notions of these things but never was able to present them to myself quite as logically.

The God Delusion addresses just about every religious argument I've ever heard in a convincing and organized manner. Each chapter builds on the same argument fluidly and cogently, alt
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Julia
Witty and well-written, Dawkins is obviously well-read and an intelligent force in the atheist movement.

Even so, his book did not sway me towards the atheist worldview, at all. Which surprised me. I expected at least a bit of a philosophical struggle to work through. Instead I found cherry-picked examples of the horrors produced by "religion", plenty of witty insults lacking real substance, a few astonishing and unsupported claims ("[Religion] teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with
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Susan
I just finished the book this weekend.
Although I don't like his derisive approach, and feel that he should have put the last chapters first (and done away with some of the opening pages), I have to say that I agree with his basic points. Where does this put me? In an interesting place to tell you the truth.

At the same time, I have to admit, following through with atheistic thought is much more comforting than I would have imagined. It gives responsibility back to me in a strange way, although
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Lia
Mar 31, 2008 Lia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who need more hate in their lives.
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 take a walk outside. This trash is only for people ...more
Christian
Jan 22, 2013 Christian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone and their mother
One of the best non-fiction book I've ever read. Actually, one of the best book I've ever read period. Dawkins is well-researched and has a good prose. He has a thorough analysis that is to the point, and although he is on a few occasions slightly speculative, he sets his argumentative boundaries very well and explains what he argues and what he supposes or tentatively explores for the sake of expanding the discussion to get a broader picture.

The point of the book is spelled out pretty early an
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
To be honest, reading this book was sort of like having your parents give you the "birds and the bees" speech at age 16...more than a little bit pointless. Herein lies the dilemma: I feel like the people who probably should be reading this book will NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS read this book, and if they do it will only be in order to cherry pick it for their own purposes (which would clearly be at odds with the author's stated intention). All the same, the text is extremely informative due to the ...more
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