The God Delusion

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Endri's picture
I haven't read it and I don't

I haven't read it and I don't intend to (since I get the Point of "God's" existence). But while Relying on some Comments, this Guy (Richard Dawkins) seems to actually Hate Religion rather than Disagree with it. I hope He isn't those Zealous Atheists who Swear all the time against Christianity with words like: "Death to Christ, Burn the Bible, etc". I mean, these Christians also called out to us "Burn the Heathens, Death to Heathens, etc" (A long time ago), so Seriously, there is No need to Become The People Who We Are "Fighting" Against!

Either way, by my Personal Thinking, I seem to find Richard Dawkins more Rational rather than Hateful. It's kinda hard to Distinguish these 2 Things on Certain moments.

The Pragmatic's picture
It's not my role to defend Mr

It's not my role to defend Mr Dawkins, but just as Mr Dawkins I am an outspoken anti-theist. I have therefore gotten the same reaction from others myself.

As an anti-theist, I consider organized religion (especially the Abrahamic religions) to be harmful for humanity. It is one of the biggest contributors to the problems in our world today and it is holding back progress. I was previously keeping the thread "The dark side of Theism & Superstition". It contains post after post on horror, stupidity and insanity caused by unwarranted beliefs: http://www.atheistrepublic.com/forums/debate-room/dark-side-theism-super...
The purpose of keeping that thread was to get both atheists and theists aware of how ugly religion is if you dare to actually look at the bad parts. But I'm taking a long break from it, since I eventually grew weary of digging through that horror show.

Criticizing religion has always been forbidden and is still considered taboo even in the most modern societies. Anyone who criticizes religion, gets labeled as a "hater" extremely easy.

Personally I found the best approach is the Socratic method, in the refined form created by Peter Boghossian: Street Epistemology. That approach does what is possible to avoid the anger and adverse reactions in the believer, while questioning the foundations of their beliefs.

But Mr Dawkins obviously thinks that the blunt truth should be told, regardless of the reactions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_2xGIwQfik - Neil deGrasse Tyson is trying get Richard Dawkins to start using a softer approach.

Most believers who does get so upset when their religion or their faith is criticized, doesn't seem to reflect on why they feel that way. If they actually felt that their own beliefs are true, they should feel secure enough in their faith that they would only pity those who have not understood. They shouldn't feel the need to lash out...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhYT4vE1gvM - Hate E mails with Richard Dawkins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW7607YiBso - Love Letters to Richard Dawkins

Algebe's picture
"But Mr Dawkins obviously

"But Mr Dawkins obviously thinks that the blunt truth should be told, regardless of the reactions:"

Perhaps he should reflect that believers are religion's greatest victims. Attack the bishops, mullahs, popes and priests by all means. Most of them aren't true believers anyway and deserve to be exposed and ridiculed. But a full-on attack by someone of Dawkins' intelllect aimed at an audience of ordinary believers is like shooting the wounded on a battlefield.

If you want to undermine a theist's beliefs, just ask them to explain their religion.

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Link : http://www.patheos.com

Link : http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/05/11/the-arabic-trans...

This seems newsworthy to me, so I report it here.

Some Iraqi guy translated the God Delusion into arabic. this is an unauthorized translation. The PDF was downloaded 10 millions times, 30% of the visitors are from saudi arabia.

Algebe's picture
This is excellent news. The

"Some Iraqi guy translated the God Delusion into arabicThis is excellent news."
The translator deserves our greatest respect. The Japanese translator of "Satanic Verses" was murdered in 1991, and I believe the Italian translator was stabbed but survived.

"The God Delusion" is much more powerful, because it is more readable and down-to-earth than Rushdie's book.

Johanna Dawson's picture
I absolutely love this book.

I absolutely love this book.
It`s very interesting, clever and useful work.

Sean Becker's picture
Very good book, just finished

Very good book, just finished reading and it's a classic.I would recommend it to any atheist. Dawkins is a genius and revoulutionary.

Noid_Droid's picture
Just finished God Is Not

Just finished God Is Not Great, Hitchens references this book more than once.
How does it rate? I've seen Dawkins debate but never read his stuff.

Jessb's picture
I enjoyed this book, this was

I enjoyed this book, this was one of the first books I read as an adult, seeking answers and opinions to a lot of my questions. I have always been an atheist, I have always questioned it, but growing up in a christian home I had found it very hard to express my views. I do not see anger in this author, just frustration. This book was enlightening.

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