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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (Jan. 16 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618918248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618918249
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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120 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Oliver TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2006
Format: Hardcover
Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary theorist and holds the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is also a best seller author of science books, and quite easy to read.

In this book, Dawkins tackles the problem of religion -- and he does see it as a problem. Dawkins begins by pointing out that there is no evidence whatsoever of god. True, he cannot prove that god does not exist, but the same is true of all possible gods, including Zeus and Wotan. The fact that something cannot be proven false is no evidence whatsoever that is true.

Dawkins further points out how religion (or, more precisely, faith) is so damaging. Faith is, quite simply, the enemy of reason. If one believes something on faith then, by definition, it does not matter what the evidence shows, one will still believe. It is a matter of faith. No matter how strong the evidence of evolution, for example, many faithful simply refuse to believe. With faith, there is no argument, no evidence good enough. With reason, one will still make mistakes, but at least one is trying to get it right.

Dawkins believes very strongly in what he says, but that does not make him just another fundamentalist. Dawkins came to his beliefs by looking at evidence, considering all arguments and applying reason. If, tomorrow, one presented him with evidence that he was wrong, he would change his mind.

This book will offend many readers, but that is not what Dawkins intends and it only proves his point: readers who are offended have been so blinded by religion that they are unable to consider that they might be wrong without suffering pain.

For an explanation of how evolution works, read Dawkins' The Blind Watchmaker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Brissette on Jan. 17 2013
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Richard Dawkins presents a wide variety of well formed arguments against creationism, often referencing evidence from his own scientific background (genetic biology). The book is divided in many subjects, and covers each one in a great, intelligent way. A must read for both atheists, agnostics and believers (especially if you're struggling with your own faith). It is a great way to test your own faith if you think it's strong and solid, but I can't garantee you will still believe strongly after reading this.
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82 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Philip Wort on March 14 2007
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I won't waste your time telling you what a good book this is ... get it and read it! Notice that all the bad reviews will quote scripture or otherwise reveal their not-so-hidden agendas for criticizing it.

I'm not sure I read too much that I didn't already know, but this is a great book for recommending to others who need a good overview/primer of the atheist position.
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58 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 13 2007
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Richard Dawkins does an excellent job of building a strong case for atheism by using logic and science in "The God Delusion". He shows the logical fallacies of the so-called proofs of Gods existence. He debunks the myth about religion being the source of morality and ethics, debunks other myths about the immorality of non-believers. He exposes some of the logical inconstancies and errors within the religions themselves. All in all, he does an outstanding job of explaining why atheism is on much firmer ground than any of the major religions.

There are some problems with the book as well, but before I go into those it is important to note that this is definitely a good book for religious people as well as atheists and agnostics to read. It gives a good explanation of why atheists don't believe in a god or gods, and probably deserves an overall rating of around 3.75 stars. So while I will go into some more detail about what I thought was not so good about the book that is merely because it is necessary to be more detailed about the problems than it is to be about the parts which are well done.

The weaknesses of the book all stem from one source, and that is that Dawkins, like everyone, is too close to the subject. It is probably impossible for anyone to take a completely dispassionate look at this subject, as we all have had to deal with various religions throughout our lives. On several occasions, Dawkins ventures out from his base of logic and science to make assumptions which are based only on his thoughts and not facts. For example, in Chapter 10, "A Much Needed Gap" he implies that religious people should be happy when a loved one is about to die, and goes on to imply that because they aren't it is somehow significant in the argument.
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48 of 63 people found the following review helpful By K. Rishi on May 16 2007
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Richard Dawkins does an amazing job at presenting arguments against religion and God. He presents many of the age old arguments for God's existence and neatly argues against them. Intellegent and open minded people will definately pick up this book and for those "hard core god believers", please pick up this book and read it with an open mind. Doing so will not kill you. Challenge what you believe in. Try to put your "faith" aside for a moment and read some arguments that Atheism presents (it's only fair to know both sides of the argument before you pick one side and hold on to it),perhaps you will be enlightened. This book addressed a lot of the questions that I had and the issues that I myself have fought with. Also, do not read this book in a rush, go over some of the passages and read them critically and carefully. It's not the easiest read but its very well written. Thank you Richard Dawkins for keeping a great discussion going!
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