The God Delusion
The British scientist makes a case for atheism and presents an unflattering history of religion in this controversial book.
Houghton Mifflin, 416 pages
Science & Nature
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Chris C gave it a10:
Excellent. Just sheds light onto reason. His words are quite funny and yet understandable actually, which made things difficult for me to understand when reading some of the other professional reviews. Some wrote against his passion. What I am wondering is, why should he respect something that he has so much disgust in? I always thought that authors were supposed to be passionate. Would anyone think anything of a pro-God writer writing with respect and restraint for non-believers? Overall, interesting and way way way sensibly alluring.
Mike T. gave it a10:
I know realize what I truely am because of this book. As a de Facto Athiest, I will be the biggest pain in the ass at my Catholic School from now on. I find Dawkins absolutly crushes the BS I was taught in philosophy, I refuse to listen to confused old pjilosophers, I prefer scientists. Of you are a firm agnostic, or apologetic to religion, dont rate this book. Please, its just wrong folks. I find Dawkins attacks the retarded findamentalists to much, he should concentrate on normal people more. The book does have enough good points to make any intelligent, non emotional person to at least become agnostic. That, and I want to join an organized athiest group, I refuse to be trampled by madness.
A- Thiest gave it a9:
I find it absolutely hilarious when people dismiss scientists when they talk about theology because they are not experts. The complexity and merrits of religion!!! Which religion!! The hundreds humanity has come up with since the dawn of self conciousness... maybe we should start being more respectful of Scientology, or are you just pissed off because its all being lumped in with your "respectful" judeo-christian religion... the simple fact is, if there are people out there talking about science(especially in regards to schools) who think that the Earth is 6000yrs old, i have no problem with a scientist pointing out all the massive holes that are found in the scriptures and culture of organised religion. This is the 21st century, why dont we stop pretending its the dark ages. Yes, religion can provide a good moral compass(it can also give you one of the worst- which quite irrationally is totally up to you...), it makes you feel good in times of need, and it makes you part of a community, but no matter what religion does, it should not and cannot play a part in any form of democratic governance! For something completely unproven, bar a single piece of literature which substantiates itself, to hold so much reverence and un-debatable respect is ludicrous in this day and age. Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe, within reason and the law(yes Law, i dont know if you've heard of it, but it is the magical thing that will stop everybody killing and raping each other if we didnt have religion!), but until the day that your messiah(whichever yours is) returns, how bout you keep it to yourself and not try to influence society with your dogma, we dont need it!... loved the book
warren b gave it a10:
This book was always going to get bad reviews from the mainstream. Richard dawkins said what needed to be said, and he didnt pull any punches into the bargain. many critics call him a fundie atheist, however he is a lot more tolerant than the fundies themselves, Bravo
Joseph K gave it a10:
I'm not surprised at how mixed the reviews are for The God Delusion. Both critics and readers are going to be quite divided and I am no exception. Being an atheist I loved loved loved everything about this book. I wish I could rate it higher than 10.
Matt R gave it a10:
I bet Dawkins would get a kick out of the negative reviews, all of which use the same hollow quasi-logic that he skewers in his book. "Scientists shouldn't speak outside of their field" is perhaps the funniest (and saddest) argument that I have ever heard. You want us to believe in some transcendent man-in-the-sky but not ask questions about it? Sounds like Kool-Aid to me!
Daniel H gave it a9:
I think the only reason this book was not a 9 or 10 is because so many people are brain washed into believing in their religion so strongly, they cannot open their eyes and ears to anything new or exciting, if it's not in their book of ancient primitive rules and stone age bed time stories meant for children that have been taken literally by misguided uneducated adults, still today.
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