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

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Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
In his latest work, Dawkins explores the delusion humans in nearly all societies have shared throughout history – that of religious beliefs. In one interesting chapter, Dawkins postulates several possible and quite interesting evolutionary origins of religion that may help to explain why it has developed alongside civilization. He also addresses the absurd notion that religion is the root of morality, and demonstrates how traditional arguments in favor of God’s existence are actually hollow products of wishful thinking. The underlying, despairing theme throughout the book is how, even today in the 21st century, religious beliefs persist in complete absence of reason. This is a very readable text; the reader need not be an expert in philosophy, biology or theology to appreciate it. It is an excellent resource for those having doubts about faith and who would like support in “escaping from religion” (to use Dawkins’ own phrase) and thinking for oneself. I made my own break for it some time ago.
posted Jun 19, 2007 at 9:15AM
Sean55374 said:
An excellent addition to the argument books. Although in heavy favor of evolution, Dawkins makes some good points. Ryner's evaluation of the book is pretty accurate and fairly true to the voice of Dawkins. It is a book worth its salt. Those interested in the Evolution vs. Creationism debate might also like to read C.S. Lewis'
posted Nov 8, 2007 at 4:07PM
TedwardG said:
I highly recommend this book for anyone from either side of the Creation/Evolution (or just religion in general) debate. For those who may be leaning towards Evolution, this book will sum up everything you've ever felt but could never put clearly and succinctly into words. For Creationists/generally religious people, if you take your faith seriously you should read this book as it contains the best arguments against religion so far, and if you're serious, you should know and understand these points, wether or not you agree. In summary, Dawkins is doing the world a great service by breaking down the previous barriers of religious philosophy. You need to read this book, regardless of belief.
posted Apr 10, 2008 at 11:13AM
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