Publisher description for The God delusion / Richard Dawkins.
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Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin"s
Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution.
Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals
in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now
Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its
faulty logic and the suffering it causes.
He critiques God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of
the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial
Watchmaker favored 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, buttressing his points with historical
and contemporary evidence. In so doing, he makes a compelling
case that belief in God is not just irrational, but potentially deadly.
Dawkins has fashioned an impassioned, rigorous rebuttal to religion,
to be embraced by anyone who sputters at the inconsistencies
and cruelties that riddle the Bible, bristles at the inanity of "intelligent
design," or agonizes over fundamentalism in the Middle East--or Middle
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