Title: The God Delusion
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Mariner 2008
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Nerdy Nonfiction - Religion; ebook; 52 Books -- W27; Dusty Bookshelf
How I Got It: iPad read
A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.
With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. 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, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.
I liked this Dawkins much more than The Selfish Gene. And I think the reason stems from his writing style. This book's style and language are much more accessible to the non-scientist. Dawkins takes a nice easy logical approach to the topic of God and religion. He leads us step by step through the various arguments for the existence of God and religion and shows us where they go wrong. It was a nice change to read a piece so reasoned and clear. Usually pro- and anti-religion arguments turn into ridiculous rants and name-calling. Dawkins shies away from the rants and tries to lay out logical arguments. I approve! A very interesting book.