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The God Delusion.

Author: Richard Dawkins
Publisher: London : Black swan, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presenting different arguments for religion, this book demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. It aims to show how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Dawkins
ISBN: 9780552773317 055277331X 9780552773317
OCLC Number: 479691256
Awards: Short-listed for British Book Awards: Book of the Year 2007
Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2007
Description: 463 s
Contents: A deeply religious nonbeliever --
"Respect" --
The God hypothesis --
Polytheism --
Monotheism --
Secularism, the founding fathers and the religion of America --
The poverty of agnosticism --
Noma --
The great prayer experiment --
The Neville Chamberlain school of evolutionists --
Little green men --
Arguments for God's existence --
Thomas Aquinas's "proofs" --
The ontological argument and other a priori arguments --
The argument from beauty --
The argument from personal "experience" --
The argument from Scripture --
The argument from admired role models --
Pascal's Wager --
Bayesian arguments --
Why there almost certainly is no God --
The ultimate Boeing 747 --
Natural selection as a consciousness-raiser --
Irreducible complexity --
The worship of gaps --
The anthropic principle : planetary version --
The anthropic principle : cosmological version --
An interlude at Cambridge --
The roots of religion --
The Darwinian imperative --
Direct advantages of religion --
Group selection. Religion as a byproduct of something else --
Psychologically primed for religion --
Tread softly, because you tread on my memes --
Cargo cults --
The roots of morality : why are we good? --
Does our moral sense have a Darwinian origin? --
A case study in the roots of morality --
If there is no God, why be good? --
The "good" book and the changing moral Zeitgeist --
The Old Testament --
Is the New Testament any better? --
Love thy neighbour --
The moral Zeitgeist --
What about Hitler and Stalin? : weren't they atheists? --
What's wrong with religion? : why be so hostile? --
Fundamentalism and the subversion of science --
The dark side of absolutism --
Faith and homosexuality --
Faith and the sanctity of human life --
The great beethoven fallacy --
How "moderation" in faith fosters fanaticism --
Religion and childhood --
Physical and mental abuse --
In defence of children --
An educational scandal --
Consciousness-raising again --
Religious education as a part of literary culture --
A much needed gap? --
Binker --
Consolation --
Inspiration --
The mother of all Burkas.

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