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The God delusion
Richard Dawkins
Adult Nonfiction BL2775.3 .D39 2006

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ContentsPage
Prefacep. 1
1 - A Deeply Religious Non-Believerp. 9
Deserved respectp. 11
Undeserved respectp. 20
2 - The God Hypothesisp. 29
Polytheismp. 32
Monotheism|P37
Secularism, the Founding Fathers and the religion of Americap. 38
The poverty of agnosticismp. 46
NOMAp. 54
The Great Prayer Experimentp. 61
The Neville Chamberlain school of evolutionistsp. 66
Little green menp. 69
3 - Arguments for God"s Existencep. 75
Thomas Aquinas" "proofs"p. 77
The ontological argument and other a priori argumentsp. 80
The argument from beautyp. 86
The argument from personal "experience"p. 87
The argument from scripturep. 92
The argument from admired religious scientistsp. 97
Pascal"s Wagerp. 103
Bayesian argumentsp. 105
4 - Why There Almost Certainly is no Godp. 111
The Ultimate Boeing 747p. 113
Natural selection as a consciousness-raiserp. 114
Irreducible complexityp. 119
The worship of gapsp. 125
The anthropic principle: planetary versionp. 134
The anthropic principle: cosmological versionp. 141
An interlude at Cambridgep. 151
5 - The Roots of Religionp. 161
The Darwinian imperativep. 163
Direct advantages of religionp. 166
Group selectionp. 169
Religion as a by-product of something elsep. 172
Psychologically primed for religionp. 179
Tread softly, because you tread on my memesp. 191
Cargo cultsp. 202
6 - The Roots of Morality: Why Are we Good?p. 209
Does our moral sense have a Darwinian origin?p. 214
A case study in the roots of moralityp. 222
If there is no God, why be good?p. 226
7 - The "Good" Book and the Changing Moral Zeitgeistp. 235
The Old Testamentp. 237
Is the New Testament any better?p. 250
Love thy neighbourp. 254
The moral Zeitgeistp. 262
What about Hitler and Stalin? Weren"t they atheists?p. 272
8 - What"s Wrong with Religion? Why be so Hostile?p. 279
Fundamentalism and the subversion of sciencep. 282
The dark side of absolutismp. 286
Faith and homosexualityp. 289
Faith and the sanctity of human lifep. 291
The Great Beethoven Fallacyp. 298
How "moderation" in faith fosters fanaticismp. 301
9 - Childhood, Abuse and the Escape from Religionp. 309
Physical and mental abusep. 315
In defence of childrenp. 325
An educational scandalp. 331
Consciousness-raising againp. 337
Religious education as a part of literary culturep. 340
10 - A Much Needed Gap?p. 345
Binkerp. 347
Consolationp. 352
Inspirationp. 360
The mother of all burkasp. 362
Appendix: A partial list of friendly addresses, for individuals needing support in escaping from religionp. 375
Books cited or recommendedp. 380
Notesp. 388
Indexp. 400


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