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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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Hardcover, First American Edition, 374 pages
Published October 18th 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Co. (Boston/NY) (first published October 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)
Dave McAlester The God Delusion is essential reading for atheists. The author debunks all of the reasons people believe in gods. Dawkins shows that a person does not…moreThe God Delusion is essential reading for atheists. The author debunks all of the reasons people believe in gods. Dawkins shows that a person does not need religion to be moral. In fact, atheists are more likely to be moral than most religious people. If you are looking for reading material to learn about atheism, The God Delusion is a good place to start.(less)

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Anica
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 cant 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 mustve been created by
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Aeisele
Nov 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
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
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Xysea
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
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Manny
[Original review, Jan 19 2016]

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 monotheists are
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J.G. Keely
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 implications for the believer who asked it: 'Are you
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Riku Sayuj
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Alex Telander
Nov 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
THE GOD DELUSION BY RICHARD DAWKINS: Dawkins latest book is as brutal and honest as its title. For those who arent 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 youre 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 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Manny
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Richard
Apr 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jasper
Jan 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
James
Aug 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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Cecily
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 ...more
Karl-O
Regardless of your religious beliefs, I urge you to read this book.
Lia
Mar 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Erik Graff
Nov 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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Paul Bryant
Jan 04, 2009 marked it as probably-never  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: godreads
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
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Helen 2.0
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic, read-16
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.
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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Kat Kennedy
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

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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David Katzman
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't commonly read non-fiction, but I've had this on my shelf for years so finally got to it.

You know what it's about. Its entertaining and informative, and I think an excellent read for anyone who is either on-the-fence, open-mindedly religious, or for those who are recovering from a religious upbringing. And of course, validating for atheists. For those who have dealt with the trauma of any sort of oppressive religious childhood, this is a refreshing book that will reassure you about your
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Natali
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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,
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Manuel Antão
Sep 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2006
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


Fallacious Reasoning: "The God Delusion" By Richard Dawkins



Science can chip away at agnosticism, in a way that Huxley bent over backwards to deny for the special of God. I am arguing that, notwithstanding the polite abstinence of Huxley, Gould and many others, the God question is not in principle and forever outside the remit of science. As with the nature of the stars, contra Comte, and as with the likelihood of life in orbit around
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Julian
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reading The God Delusion took a while, but not because its 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 Christians 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, cogent,
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Darrell
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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 ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
PRE-CONCEPTIONS:

Singular White Male Dominant

I 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, I believed that there was no God with the same
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Nandakishore Varma
Original review posted on 28/09/2011

Even though I am not a believer, and agree with most of Dawkin's points, I found the book only "so-so". Why? Well, it's a case of "the lady doth protest too much".

Dawkins is so angry with religion and God that he overstates his case to the point of nausea. He dismisses all concepts of God as nonsense: and Buddhism, a religion without a God, he says "cannot be called a religion but an ethical system of philosophy". He reduces all religions to reflections of
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عماد العتيلي
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We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.

This is my second reading of this book. The first time I read it in Arabic and I didnt enjoy it AT ALL!!
Now Ive changed my opinion! Its really enjoyable. The language was smooth, and Dawkins introduction of his ideas was very interesting.

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BUT! Essentially, my opinion about Dawkins and his attitude didnt change. I still consider him as rude and unscientific as most of the religious
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Julia
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: apologetics
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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