Title: The God Delusion
Author: Richard Dawkins
Genre: Non Fiction, Religion, Science.
Publisher: Black Swan
Goodreads Synopsis: “The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types.
His argument could hardly be more topical. 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 women’s and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind.
Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. 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.“
MY RATING: 5 Starts
I have quite a lot to say about this book… I really have, and if you are sensitive to people giving their opinion about religion and that kinda stuff please just don’t read this review cause I’ll give my opinion about this book but also about religion, my own kind of “religion”, my beliefs, so if you are somehow sensitive to that just ignore this review cause there will be a lot of that here.
The thing is, when I started reading this book (that was pretty much in January or February of 2017) I considered myself an agnostic ok ? I didn’t believe in God like I kinda never did, not because I am disrespectful to the Catholic Church or to Christianity but because I just am incapable of believing in God, I just don’t do it you know ?! The same way a lot of people does. At that point I was not only appreciating the way the author wrote this book but I was also appreciating the things we had in common because he thought a lot like me ! Before I keep going with my huge speech let me just say something about that thing of me being an agnostic, if you don’t want to know more about that you can just skip this next paragraph.
So when I started reading this book I considered myself an agnostic theist, what is that ? basically an agnostic theist is that kind of person who believes that something exists, something that is kind of superior to the human kind, someone that believes in a God, not necessarily in GOD you know what I mean ? I kinda believed that “something superior” was ruling the world, someone was looking after us cause man, you can’t just be dropped here right ? we come from somewhere (don’t start judging me here, I’m not finished, at all), we can’t just die and believe that’s ok, that our soul will not continue “living” somewhere… that kinda stuff, I was a lot into it. Then I started reading the book and at some point the author talks about the different type of religions that exist, the different kind of beliefs and the right names that we should give those beliefs, if you want to call them that, so while I was reading that chapter everything that I did believe or didn’t believe at that point was just matching with “agnostic atheist” which is basically someone that believes in the existence of any deity but that deity is “currently unknown in fact”, so if science can’t tell me that a God does exist then I will not believe in it. I had a long journey when we talk about religion, cause I would always respect the people that believe in any kind of God and I still do of course and I would never say “your God doesn’t exist” because that would be just contradicting my beliefs, that would be contradicting my theory of “I believe in something, I just need proof”, so who was I to tell anyone that their God didn’t exist ?! Months have passed and at some point I kinda considered myself an atheist cause I mean, I would still not be disrespectful to anyone but I would not believe that a deity would exist, not at all, sometimes I just wanted to believe that nothing exists besides aliens maybe (joking here but not really cause I always believed in them), and later on strange things started to happen to me, I am not talking about them here obviously because that’s kinda personal, and I started overthinking about what the heck was happening, what the heck did that mean, and how was that possible if nothing exists besides US, the Human Kind, and aliens. I will not say much more about this but from January to now, December, a lot have changed, personal life and my beliefs, I now believe in something, I still don’t believe in God and don’t kill me, don’t be disrespectful to me as I’m not to you, but I believe in Nature, I believe that we come from some place of course, I believe that there’s something superior yes, but not a “being”, not something like a God, but only the forces of nature you know ? I believe that our soul doesn’t die when our body does, I believe that we do have someone to guide us, loved ones that died like grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle… whoever died that was somehow really close to us you know ? I believe that we have things that will protect us if we believe in them, amulets for example, crystals and minerals, I believe that things that Nature gives to us can be really usefull to protect us, to guide us somehow, I believe in something but I don’t guess I have a religion. So you are not obligated to have a religion, you don’t need to know the name of your own beliefs if that makes sense, you dont need to tell anyone you are an agnostic because you don’t believe in God but you believe in something, and you don’t have to say to anyone that you are wiccan and change your whole life because you believe in Nature and pentagrams and all of that stuff.
NOW talking about the book and the author, if you didn’t want to read my personal “experience” then I believe this is the third paragraph you’re reading.
Overall I loved this book, I don’t agree with everything the author says but who told you that you are supposed to agree 100% with the author to read a book ? No one, so yes, I gave this book 5 stars because it was seriously well written, it took me time to finish it because wow, this guy is amazing and he knows what he’s doing and this book is not at all a light reading so don’t expect that if you are thinking about reading this book. He talks a lot about religion and even if a lot of people saw this book as a disrespectful piece of shit, well, I don’t, I don’t see this book as something disrespectful and if it is disrespectful to someone let’s just call it a Disrespectful Piece of Art, cause that’s what it is… it can teach a lot of people who say that they are “catholic” just because they were baptized that you don’t have to think that way or let anyone tell you how you should organize your life, in this case, in terms of religion of course. In this book you can learn a lot about things that maybe are not in your priority list on the google search bar and you don’t even need to ask wikipedia because Richard Dawkins will give you the answers you’re looking for, or not… Something that you can expect from this book if you are thinking about reading it is also “disrespectful content” not written by the author but by some other peeps that don’t like to respect other people belifs, besides people comparing sexual orientation to cancer and a lot of stuff that are seriously sick, I know I’m using a lot the word “disrespectful” but seriously, if you read this book you’ll understand what I’m trying to say here ! People that called the author and other philosophers “sick” and “people that don’t respect other type of beliefs” and some stuff that I’m not even writing here, insulting them, saying that they want to kill them, to torture them and using the name of their God to say that… to excuse their way of acting towards this subject.
I guess you already know this BUT I totally recommend this book to everyone religious or not religious.