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The God Delusion Paperback – January 16, 2008
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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"A resounding trumpet blast for truth . . . It feels like coming up for air." --Matt Ridley, author of Genome and Francis Crick
"Dawkins gives human sympathies and emotions their proper value, which...lends his criticisms of religion such force." --Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials trilogy
"This is a brave and important book." --Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape and The Human Animal
"Richard Dawkins is the leading soothsayer of our time. . . . The God Delusion continues his thought-provoking tradition." --J. Craig Venter, decoder of the human genome
"The God Delusion is smart, compassionate, and true . . . If this book doesn't change the world, we're all screwed." --Penn & Teller
“This is exceptional reading." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"The world needs . . . passionate rationalists . . . Richard Dawkins so stands out through the cutting intelligence of The God Delusion." --James D. Watson, co-discoverer of DNA, author of The Double Helix
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The book is full of wonderful phrases to help reinforce the fallacy of faith, and long on Darwinism to support his thesis. Some of this rings so true in the times in which we now live. “The Darwinian still wants to know why people are vulnerable to the charms of religion and therefore open to exploitation by priests, politicians and kings.”
A quotation from the author Gore Vidal serves as a worthy conclusion to this short review. “The Great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are literally patriarchal-God is the Omnipotent Father-hence the loathing of women in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates.
The author is very insightful and I like his style of writing, often times times sarcastic, but always very smart and appealing to logic and reason.
I found this book very educational and super interesting and has helped me solidify my beliefs with stronger arguments.
I can see how some people could (as has been done ad nauseam)) accuse the author of ranting about the topic, but then again it IS a divisive topic by it's very nature, and any believer would probably feel at least a minor sting to their pride when reading.
All in all, the work has an air of solemnity and shows that Prof. Dawkins really worries about the subject. Divisive or not, one certainly cannot accuse him of dishonesty! XD
I must admit that the lack of a concluding, summarizing chapter left me slightly perplexed. But then again, the aithor has meant it more as a book for reference, and the reader can easily jump to any chapter they might like/need.
As science advances, the different concepts of how we percieve God change since it influences both religion and philosophy.