It's a point worth more discussion, since many of the problems caused in modern society arise from the fact that (some) religious belief is treated with almost complete but also undeserved respect.
Amazon wishlist the complete review - religion, the God Delusion by, richard Dawkins general information review summaries our review links about the author - Return to top of the page, our Assessment: B : sharply and entertainingly written, but a bit too free-wheeling and far-ranging.
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Dawkins is unimpressed by most of the popular 'proofs' of the existence of god(s and he tackles - in fairly summary form - a few of the main ones.Crispin Tickell, Financial Times "It is a spirited and exhilarating read.That is academic arrogance - and shows negligible insight into the way humans behave." - Margaret Cook, New Statesman office 2007 professional hybrid oem "Dawkins is, of course, quite right to express horror at Biblical fundamentalism, especially in the neocon form that centres on the book of Revelation.Dennett's book on Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Breaking the Spell - while others argue more aggressively for The End of Faith (Sam Harris, who also offers Letter to A Christian Nation ).Much of this is more debatable that the actual god-hypothesis, and in a sense Dawkins is more vulnerable to criticism here, but he presents his case fairly effectively (if perhaps drawing on too many examples of fringe-individuals who send e-mails.).Since this particular bad form of religion is spreading rapidly in the world, we urgently need to understand it: not just to denounce it but to grasp much better than we do now why people find it attractive.(.) Dawkins is so dismissive and often so skewed or superficial that he doesn't make much contact with Christians like.Richard Dawkins so stands out through the cutting intelligence of The God Delusion." -James.Post a comment add a reference: Search for a book to add a reference add: link cover, flagging a post will send it to the Goodreads Customer Care team for review.(.) Indeed, it should be said that while it deals with matters of the utmost gravity and urgency, The God Delusion, particularly in its early chapters, is a very funny book." - Troy Jollimore, San Francisco Chronicle "Richard Dawkins' new book about religion is unapologetically.It's just Dawkins talking." -.Some of the earlier energy and ebullience remains, but the book is too hectoring, too insistent, too one-sided, and too irritable to change the views, let alone the life, of any fair-minded reader." - John Cottingham, The Tablet "Dawkins is Britain's most famous atheist and.Aquinas' 'proofs the ontological argument, and the like are word games (and infinite regresses) that don't offer 'proof' in any way he has much use for (though some philosophers and theologians would argue they are more persuasive than he gives them credit for).An early point he makes (though perhaps one that would have been better saved for the end of the book) is that religion gets far too great a free pass in society.
In the preface, he expresses the hope that religious readers who open the book will be atheists when they put it down.If youve somehow missed Dawkins message amidst the furor over his method, you can get caught up rather quickly with the film above.It is written in more than one style.On the whole, however, he offers a solid attack on the god-concept and religion and makes a good case for dumping both.The most shocking"s, though, are all from the Bible.But treat with extreme caution the pronouncements of any one who takes his political cue from an ex-Beatle." - Kenan Malik, The Telegraph "I'm in awe of Dawkins, and of the ease with which he makes tricky science clear, but I'll eat my Sunday hat."At last, one of the best nonfiction writers alive today has assembled his thoughts on religion into a characteristically elegant book." -Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor, Harvard University, author of The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate "A resounding trumpet blast for.Primed by anger, redeemed by humour, it will, I trust, offend many.".Dawkins rejects all belief in the supernatural, even at its mildest.But the problem reflects Dawkins's cavalier attitude about the quality of religious thinking.
Dawkins also goes on to cover questions such as the question of morality and religion (feeling obliged to even wonder whether atheists can be moral, and the like as well as whether or not religion might serve other uses in society and for the individual.
(.) The moral of the story is that if you want an understanding of evolution or an argument for atheism, there are few better guides than Richard Dawkins.