The God Delusion

by Richard Dawkins

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By no means the first book by Richard Dawkins delving into the subject of religion, but his first tackling this subject exclusively. This is probably one the best presented arguments for the non-existence of a supernatural god that has ever been put to paper. Dawkins presents his case with clear scientic explanation combined with equal measures of wit, making this book not only rewarding, but also highly entertaining. Whether you are a believer, a non believer or one of the great undecided this book will certainly give you something to talk about.

 

A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher...

‘Richard Dawkins explains the wonders and complexities of science with unmatched clarity and enthusiasm.  He is an awesome thinker and his writing is vivid, imaginative, witty and exhilarating.  Quite simply he is the best science writer of our time’. Sally Gaminara, Publishing Director at Transworld

 

The God Delusion Synopsis

Richard Dawkins was recently voted one of the world’s top three intellectuals (alongside Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky) by Prospect magazine. As the author of many, now famous, classic works on science and philosophy, he has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now turns his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

 

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, from the sex-obsessed, cruel tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign, but still illogical, Celestial Watchmaker favoured 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.

 

In The God Delusion Dawkins presents a hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types and does so in the lucid, witty and powerful language for which he is renowned. It is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.

The God Delusion Press Reviews

'A very important book, especially in these times…a magnificent book, lucid and wise, truly magisterial.' Ian McEwan

Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion should be read by everyone from atheist to monk. If its merciless rationalism doesn’t enrage you at some point, you probably aren’t alive’ Julian Barnes

‘There is not a dull page in Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion, a book that makes me want to cheer its clarity, intelligence and truth-telling’ Claire Tomalin

'This is my favourite book of all time ... a heroic and life-changing work.'
Derren Brown

'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 Laureate and co-discoverer of DNA

'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

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ISBN: 9780552773317
Publication date: 21/05/2007
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780552773317
Publication date: 21st May 2007
Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
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About Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins's phenomenal bestseller The God Delusion has become an iconic book for our time. He was first catapulted to fame with The Selfish Gene, which he followed with 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 Royal Society of Literature Award (1987), the Michael Faraday Award of the ...

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