Richard Dawkins is a hero, and one of the most brilliant minds on the planet. He's also incredibly polite and funny. If you're not familiar with him,...moreRichard Dawkins is a hero, and one of the most brilliant minds on the planet. He's also incredibly polite and funny. If you're not familiar with him, you might have been misled by the extremely biased media coverage to imagine that he's some sort of Bill O'Reilly of atheism. He's not. This video of him and Douglas Adams gives a good glimpse of Dawkins' soft-spoken, laid-back personality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ygqJ5...
Dawkins has spent a lot of time debating religion, and this book rebuts most of the arguments that he hears over and over again. I can't tell you how many reviews of this book I've read that say "What Dawkins doesn't seem to realize is X," where X represents a point that Dawkins is fully aware of (because he's heard it a million times before) and that he addresses at length in this book. Please actually read this book before attacking it, because otherwise you're just wasting everyone's time.
One constant criticism of Dawkins is that he's picking on dim-witted fundamentalists and not answering the most subtle and ingenious arguments devised by learned theologians. Well, like I said, Dawkins debates people all the time, including priests, rabbis, religious intellectuals, etc., and he can only answer arguments that are actually put to him, and he claims that he never hears any new arguments from these people. Having watched hours and hours of YouTube videos of these debates, I see no reason to doubt him on this, which leads one to suspect that these secret killer arguments for the existence of God don't actually exist.
If you're interested in Dawkins and his work you should definitely check out http://www.richarddawkins.net , which is one of the best sites on the web and is updated daily with all sorts of great material on religion and evolution.
Much as I love Dawkins, I don't actually think that The God Delusion is the most moving case for atheism that I've seen. That would be Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God. It's the story of a woman who grew up wanting to be a nun and who clung desperately to her faith for years until she finally realized that she just couldn't keep kidding herself anymore. I find Dawkins' extremely mild sarcasm about religion to be lively and entertaining, but a lot of people seem to be put off by it. If you're one of those people, give Julia Sweeney a try, as she's nothing if not sincere. You can watch the first fifteen minutes of her book here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtIyx6...(less)