…by Richard Dawkins.
As the title suggests, the book is about that – God, the idea behind whether or not a Superior Being exists. It is about evolution vs. intelligent design. About atheism vs. theism. The author, an outright atheist, starts off discussing the God hypothesis and proceeds to provide arguments against the existence of a Superior Being. He delves into roots of religion and mortality and strongly criticizes blind religious faiths and superstitions that add no value to human existence. And he concludes claiming that there is “almost certainly no God“, the omnipotent omnipresent Being.
Every now and then I come across a book that I can clearly say whether I love or hate. Without any mixed feelings. Without any “it was ok” statements. This book is one of them. And that’s not just my claim…I’ve discussed it with a few friends who had read it and from what I’ve observed a reader will either love it or hate it. And that is because of the author’s guts, I feel. The way he has presented his views, you will either agree with him or quickly take offense. He is straightforward with his ideas, passionate about what he believes in, and confident in voicing his views. And that is what makes one either appreciate or criticize the book and the author.
I read this book a few years ago, when I was at the verge of questioning my own religious beliefs, the idea of God, idol worship, etc. There comes a point in everyone’s life, I suppose, where we question these things…when we are unclear as to which path will better suit us – I was at that crossroad when I started reading the book. I was agnostic then and this book definitely helped clear certain disputes in my mind.
So, overall, as you may have already guessed, I belong to the group that loved the book. Not because I agree with each and every statement Dawkins has made, but because I appreciate the intensity with which he discusses it. A highly recommended worthwhile read.
My rating: 4*.
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