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In his sensational international bestseller, the preeminent scientist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins delivers a hard-hitting, impassioned, but humorous, rebuttal of religious belief. With rigor and wit, Dawkins eviscerates the arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of the existence of a supreme being. He makes a compelling case that faith ...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published January 16th 2008 by Mariner Books (first published October 2006)
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Phillip Harben I'm raising my two children even-handedly. My son at 11 years old is a dedicated atheist and my daughter at 6 believes in God and the Bible. I spend…moreI'm raising my two children even-handedly. My son at 11 years old is a dedicated atheist and my daughter at 6 believes in God and the Bible. I spend time with them both and discuss the merits of their beliefs. I do not tell them what to think, only that they DO think.

When broken down as Dawkins does in this book, it seems infantile and impossible that there is a God or gods. Certainly, religion can be a comforting thing for those that believe, but it also green-lights terrible horrors committed by some of its followers. (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  ·  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 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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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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 extrem
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Huda Yahya
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أديان
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 إثبات عد
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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 s
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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 physic
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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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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
Nick
Mar 24, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Richard
Apr 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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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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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Ahmad Sharabiani
The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion is a 2006 non-fiction book by English biologist Richard Dawkins, a professorial fellow at New College, Oxford and former holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوامبر سال 2012 میلادی
عنوان: 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 میکند
کتاب غیرداست
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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
Karl-O
Regardless of your religious beliefs, I urge you to read this book.
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
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 f
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Salma
Nov 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lia
Mar 31, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
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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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 me
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Helen 2.0
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Zaphirenia
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 ορθολογική σκέψη στο βωμό μιας εσφαλμένης (στην καλύτερη περίπτωση) πεποίθησης και μας αφήνουν να παλευουμε με υπαρξιακους φόβους και ανησυχίες, ανεπαρκώς εφοδιασμένοι και παντελώς απροετοίμαστοι. Όπως πολύ εύστοχα παρατηρεί και ο Dawkins, η πίστη σε ...more
Erik Graff
Nov 06, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  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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Manuel Antão
Sep 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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David Katzman
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. It’s 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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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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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 lev
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Julian
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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