God Delusion, The

Richard Dawkins
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 some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.


Reviewed: 2015-12-19

I picked this book up at Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., some years ago while out on a trip. At the time, I was really questioning what I believed, and had heard of Richard Dawkins.

This book certainly explores the title, "The God Delusion," but in a scholarly way with dry and heavy writing that at times seemed heavy-handed.

I would have enjoyed this book more if it was written for the layman, and not the scholars, but still, it was an interesting read.

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