"The God Delusion" caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. 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. "The God Delusion" is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.
About the Author
Richard Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and a fellow of New College. The Selfish Gene catapulted Richard Dawkins to fame, and remains his most famous and widely read work. It was followed by a string of bestselling books: The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor's Tale and a collection of his shorter writings A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science, the Kistler Prize in 2001, and the Shakespeare Prize in 2005. The God Delusion was originally published in 2006 and has since become a worldwide bestseller.
The international bestselling broadside that has taken the world by storm
"A very important book, especially in these times... a magnificent book, lucid and wise, truly magisterial " -- Ian McEwan "Written with all the clarity and elegance of which Dawkins is a master. It should have a place in every school library - especially in the library of every "faith" school" -- Philip Pullman "A resounding trumpet blast for truth... It feels like coming up for air" -- Matt Ridley "A spirited and exhilarating read... Dawkins comes roaring forth in the full vigour of his powerful arguments, laying into fallacies and false doctrines with the energy of the polemicist at his most fiery" -- Joan Bakewell Guardian "This is my favourite book of all time... a heroic and life-changing work" -- Derren Brown
If you've read a bad review of this book somewhere, the chances are quite good that the reviewer has not actually read it. Dawkins is thoughtful and erudite as always, and his phrasing is carefully considered. One thing is clear when reading all Dawkin's works - the one thing he tries very hard to avoid is allowing a logically mistaken statement to appear in anything he writes.
Dawkins scores again. As a one-time believer in religious myths I had struggled with the illogic and contradictory nature of superstitious faith. Dawkins shines a light into the murky darkness of "magical thinking". The more we learn about our origins the more we understand the fictions we have invented to explain our place in the universe for what they are. Stories made up by a social ape to justify...whatever, till a better model comes along. Well, it has.
This book covered many questions that I myself had had and answered them diligently. Well written with a touch of humour now and then, but not always an easy read. A must for those who are querying their faith, or just to broaden your mind. R. Dawkins is a well respected polecist, and scholar
Av really great book. Explodes many of the arguments put forward by the Creationists (including so-called 'Intelligent Design' advocates) in an easily read and very comprehensible form. Very well written. Extremely good.
One of the best books I have read. It would be a great world indeed if everyone read this, regardless of personal conviction. Dawkins is a thoughtful humane writer who is free of opinion and deals only with the facts available to him (and human kind). Raise your ability to think rationally and consider reading this great book. In the year 2009 there is no excuse for ignorance. This book is full of amazing thought, idea and fact. Raise your awareness of OUR home, Earth & the Universe.
I've read a plethora of books attempting to convert me to a certain religion and have never been satisfied with an answer. Dawkins is attempting to convert me to Atheism in this book of his, and over time I believe he will be successful. There are many valid points he brings up - most I agree with, while few are a stretch. What I most enjoyed about this book was that upon picking it up I felt that I'd be berated from cover to cover about how Atheism is the 'correct' choice over any religious viewpoint. This was not the case at all so I was pleasantly surprised. The last half of the book focused more on what we can learn from religion, be that good or bad. I feel that I would have felt quite indifferent about this book had the last chapters been omitted
Dawkins does well moving beyond his natural territory of science to some quite fresh thoughts on e.g. the origins of moral values and behavior and his passion over the pressure religious parents place on children is moving and convincing. Worth reading alongside Christopher Hitchens' God is Not Great. I note that some of the attempted criticism of the Dawkins book on this site is from people who haven't read the book, especially the clown who tries to bring Einstein to the fold, obviously not having read the lengthy discussion of Einstein's views which prompted some Christians to tell him to go back to Germany - nice. But of course those with closed minds will never read this book, or Hitchens' or anything else that would challenge their comfortable fantasies.
By writing this book, Dawkins has brought atheism out in the open. It is a book of which its impact goes far beyond its pages. It has encouraged those who were not particularly religious but perhaps considered themselves cultural christians (or other religions), to realise that it is ok to not believe in a god or gods.
You can earn a 5% commission by selling The God Delusion paperback book on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep!
Are you the Author/Publisher? Improve sales by submitting additional information on this title.
This item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.