The GOD Delusion

…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*.

*for the rating scale, click here.

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6 comments on “The GOD Delusion

  1. I haven’t read the book yet but watched several docos on the topic presented by Richard Dawkins himself. He really is intense about the topic and makes very valid points. However, personally, while I do not like religion (all of them), I still believe there is something or someone out there…whether it is god or a supreme being. I guess it’s more so because it’s something for me to cling to when I need hope or when things are not in my control. I guess in some ways I am currently agnostic. I’ve been wanting to read this book though and had borrowed it from the uni lib when I was still doing uni but never had time to read it and returned it without doing so.

    • Titaxy says:

      I agree…he is intense. And that is what I like about him…the passion he has for his beliefs, the intensity with which he argues.

      Do read it when you get a chance. And let me know how you liked it (or not).

  2. Hmm… My own review was mostly favorable, but I certainly wouldn’t say that I love the book. Perhaps I’m just too jaded. The peak of my interest in the topic was many years ago. Anyway, in case you’re interested, here is the URL for my longish review:

    http://dubyaurb.blogspot.com/2009/12/god-delusion.html

    • Titaxy says:

      Hi Shannon,

      Welcome to Bond with Books.

      I say I loved the book because of the author. I admire the man’s passion and intensity when it comes to this particular subject :-).

      Thank you. Will read your review right away.

      -T

  3. Smitha says:

    This sounds very interesting. I had read about this – and as you say, most people either love it or hate it. Will definitely try it.

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