The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins has not exactly found favor with some of my fellow atheists who accuse him of turning atheism into some sort of crusade, but the God Delusion has sure helped me cement my breakaway from religion. For me, Dawkins comes across as a respectable gentleman who decries the rise in religious fundamentalism and sincerely wants the world to adopt secularism. 

The book provides a fairly good exposé on irrational (religious) belief systems and is quite easy to follow. Recommended as a good starting point for anyone afflicted with doubts about religion, but is also recommended to fervent religionists alike.

Notable quote:

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

6 thoughts on “The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

  1. An excellent book indeed.

    Yes, Dawkins does espouse a much more vigorous, outspoken atheism. But think about it: being quietly respectful has gotten us nowhere. Perhaps a different strategy is in order?

    • Perhaps you’re right, about a new strategy; however anti-theist, in-your-face efforts such as those by Hitchens are not very helpful. I think the educational approach by Dawkins is perhaps the best way to go because it has a sort of balance between exposing, teaching and dissonance.

  2. Christians.
    Christ died on the cross for your sins. How do you repay him? By wearing crosses around your neck. Why would he want to come back to a world where there are a couple of 2 BILLION people sporting a reminder of the worst experience of his life. AMDG

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