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The God Delusion : Reviews

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"Passionate religious irrationality too often poses serious obstacles to human betterment.  To oppose it effectively, the world needs equally passionate rationalists unafraid to challenge long accepted beliefs.  Richard Dawkins so stands out through the cutting intelligence of The God Delusion."

James D. Watson, Nobel Prizewinner, Co-discoverer of the DNA Molecule

"At last, Richard Dawkins, one of the best nonfiction writers alive today, has assembled his thoughts on religion into a characteristically elegant book. The God Delusion puts the lie to the lazy and soothing platitudes that people embrace to escape the responsibility of thinking seriously about religious belief. If you think that science is just another religion, that religion is about our higher values, or that scientists are just as dogmatic as believers, then read this book, and see if you can counter Dawkins’ arguments—they are passionately stated, and poetically expressed, but are rooted in reason and evidence."

Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor, Harvard University, author of The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate

"Oh, it's so refreshing, after being told all your life that it is virtuous to be full of faith, sprit and superstition, to read such a resounding trumpet blast for truth instead. It feels like coming up for air."

Matt Ridley, author of `Genome' and `Francis Crick'.

"I’ve read this with pleasure and satisfaction. Dawkins is a great rationalist, but he is also a good man. History has seen a number of supreme rationalists who weren’t good at all. He gives human sympathies and emotions their proper value, which is one of the things that lends his criticisms of religion such force, because many religious leaders in the world today – certainly the loudest ones – are men who, it’s obvious to anyone but their deranged followers, are willing to sanction vicious cruelty in the service of their faith. Dawkins hits them hard, with all the power that reason can wield, demolishing their preposterous attempts to prove the existence of God, or their presumptuous claims that religion is the only basis of morality, or that their holy books are literally true."

"The God Delusion is written with all the clarity and elegance of which Dawkins is a master. It is so well written, in fact, that children deserve to read it as well as adults. It should have a place in every school library — especially in the library of every ‘faith’ school. Naturally, it won’t. But with any luck, the teachers in these ridiculous establishments will ban it from their shelves, and thus draw the attention of the intelligent pupils in their care to something that might be interesting as well as true."

Philip Pullman, author of the children's trilogy His Dark Materials.

"Richard Dawkins is smart, compassionate, knowledgeable, and true like ice, like fire. But, that doesn't scare a guy like me. As soon as he says something wrong, I'm going to rip him apart. He just hasn't said anything really wrong yet. If this book doesn't change the world -- we're all screwed."

Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller)

"I took the first 115 pages of The God Delusion on a short vacation, thinking this would be some heavy reading I might dip into.  I'm normally a VERY slow reader.  I burned through every page I'd brought, and kicked myself for not bringing more.  You are the one author alive who could make an atheist polemic into a riot of vacation fun and a real page-turner."

P.S. There are numerous passages that made me laugh aloud.  What a delight.

If there were a God, and he read this, he'd wish he were dead."

Teller (Penn&Teller)

"This is my favourite book of all time. In an age of violent religious fundamentalism from both East and West, we should be embarrassed to hear proud talk of blind faith. I hope that those secure and intelligent enough to see the value of questioning their beliefs will be big and strong enough to read this book. It is a heroic and life-changing work.

Derren Brown (British illusionist, conjurer and caricature artist)

". . . an invitation to explore an exhilarating new view of what it means to be human and alive now. . . I see this as a book for a new millennium, one in which we may be released from lives dominated by the supernatural and the metaphysical."

Brian Eno

"In this book Dawkins with lucid simplicity exposes the intellectual poverty of the stratagems used by the propagators of fundamentalist religious ideas.  . . . Unless the majority of ‘believers’ can reach some rapprochement with the rational arguments in this book and recognize the true humanity and spirituality implicit in them, the tightening grip of irrational mystical belief will not only extinguish the Enlightenment but also, in this age of monstrous weapons, the whole human race."

Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Prizewinner

"A wonderful book - a passionate and vital advocacy which is also joyous, elegant, fair, engaging, and often very funny, and which is informed throughout by an exhilarating breadth of reference and clarity of thought."

Michael Frayn