#DailyBookQuote : 8th August 2013
– Richard Dawkins (June 2008)
– Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion
Evolutionary theorist & English Biologist Richard Dawkins is not an atheist who sits quietly in the pews. The scientist Discover dubbed “Darwin’s Rottweiler” refuses to regard religion as mere harmless nonsense; he views it instead as one of humanity’s most pernicious creations. In The God Delusion he attacks arguments for the existence of God; accuses religions of fomenting divisiveness, war, and bigotry; and castigates believers in intelligent design. The God Delusion is his 2006 bestselling non-fiction book. Richard is a professorial fellow of New College, Oxford, and former holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.
In The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that belief in a personal god qualifies as a delusion, which he defines as a persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence. He is sympathetic to Robert Pirsig‘s statement in Lila that “when one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion”.
- Book Review: The God Delusion (anglophiletoad.wordpress.com)
- The God Delusion (richarddawkins.net)
- The God Delusion paraphrased for Reluctant Readers (teapotology.wordpress.com)