The God Delusion Audible Audiobook – Abridged
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.
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 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 focuses 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 those of women and gay people � 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 ultimate 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 listening for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.
This is an abridged edition.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 24 minutes|
|Narrator||Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward|
|Audible.in Release Date||20 October 2006|
|Publisher||Random House AudioBooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #7,314 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals) |
#4 in Religion & Sociology
#6 in Atheism (Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#11 in Science & Religion
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The book cites religious people, but it seems these people are not strong contenders - not as strong as Dawkins. It would have been help to let fleeting or passing remarks on all those wanna-bees. What would have helped is expose in-coherence in all the authorities and at the same time reveal the gaps that are yet to be solved by Science/the readers.
The book seems to be telling that the definition of God harboured by religion is delusional and there may be some other God beyond religion.
I would love to see Dawkins debating with contemporary spiritual gurus and capturing in this book's next edition/update.
Atheist or not, I think everyone should be aware of atheism given its growing popularity among the scientific community and the younger generation,and who better than Dawkins?
Abrahamic faiths have outright rejected this book, but Hinduism provides a debating platform. I'm particularly interested in a Hindu perspective on this. Classic East on West!
I heard Rajiv Malhotra on the topic but no extensive work yet!
Highly recommended !!!
By Enakshi Ghosh on 31 December 2019
Highly recommended !!!
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I agree with the assertion, and I admire the science. But I do not consider it possible for science ever to realise what I call the nucleus of life. To me, science is like the innocent kitten fighting its mirror image. Genuine and clever but that blocks its progress by insisting on empirical evidence where there is none to have from a mirror image.
Western Christian Religion though is a treacherous mind virus that betrayed the original knowledge in exchange for the power of a pervasive power hierarchy and financial gain. I suggest a different perspective though that maybe you have not experienced before.
Evolution over Creationism, I suggest they are mutually the same from a physical perspective; the so-called Big bang started somewhere as did the so-called God intelligent designer. Just because we do not know the answers directly in our manifested world, does not automatically imply support for the core argument of the book. Namely, God does not exist.
I do not like to use the word 'God' because of the status Assumed in today's world has become so twisted and mocked it is meaningless. As stated in the book, there had been many Gods, and the author took the last one out of the equation. Richard Dawkins is like many humans in today's world they do not know who they are! There is a subtle issue that slips past his intellect and slips past most; he is not alone. Dawkins advocates that humans are just meaningless chances that come from a zillion chances of evolution. If anybody were to ask Richard Dawkins to identify himself, he would point to a passport or a driving licence or some other equivalent document. The subtle slip that seems lost is that these documents are the property of another legal entity linked to the Catholic Church. Essentially Dawkins is stating that he is the property of the Catholic Church! So, after all, his hard work he still claims to be the property of the Catholic church. The irony!
From a purely rational perspective, Dawkins fails miserably. If you already agree with his basic premise, don’t bother with the book: it advances the argument against religion not at all.