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Well, this settles it once and for all. There is no God. Which turns out to be a good thing, considering the God most Americans believe in is a crazy, vengeful, ego-maniacal monster. Dawkins' insights are so cunning and profound you can't help feeling embarrassed for the believer.
Some of the main arguments:
Believer #1: The diversity of life is too complex to be random, so it must have been designed by someone even more complex.
Dawkins: If the designer is so complex, then it must've been created by someone even more complex. And on and on like that. In philosophical terms it's an infinite regress. In simpler terms it's: "So who made God" The only plausible explanation for the complexity of life on Earth is natural selection.
Believer #2: The chances of having all the right conditions to develop life are so miniscule, it had to be done on purpose.
Dawkins: It's true the odds are probably about a billion to one. But there are potentially a billion billion planets in the universe. I'm not very good at math, but that definitely improves the likelihood. And we know it happened here, so it could definitely happen again.
Believer #3: Without God to teach us, we wouldn't know good from evil.
Dawkins: People all over the world make the same moral decisions in thought experiments, regardless of vast religious differences. We do not need God to teach us good and evil. Not only that, no person in modern times can seriously claim they are basing their behavior on Biblical guidelines. We're talking about people who were ready to kill their own kids, or at least offer up their virgin daughter to be gang raped. In the example of Lot, God only spares Lot and his daughters, because they are the most righteous people in town. Then the two daughters proceed to get him liquored up and seduce him. Which begs the question, wouldn't God have seen that coming
QUOTES TO LIVE BY
"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it." Mark Twain
"Let children learn about different faiths, let them notice their incompatibility, and let them draw their own conclusions about the consequences of that incompatibility. As for whether they are 'valid,' let them make up their own minds when they are old enough to do so." R. Dawkins
"But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed" John Adams
"What is there to respect in any of this, or in any of the crimes now being committed almost daily around the world in religion's dreaded name How well, with what fatal results, religion erects totems, and how willing we are to kill for them! And when we've done it often enough, the deadening of affect that results makes it easier to do again.
So India's problem turns out to be the world's problem. What happened in India has happened in God's name.
The problem's name is God." Salman Rushdie, 'Religions, as ever, is the poison in India's blood'
"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet." Emily Dickinson
"There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it." R. Dawkins
Why You Should listen to this Audiobook: Richard Dawkins invites you to imagine a world where New York’s Twin Towers still stand, where Arabs and Israelis live in peace, where the Crusades – events directly responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.2 million persons – never happened. In short, he invites you to imagine a world that would have been, and could be, without religion. That is not to say that he wishes to discard religion only because of its historical relationship to violence. This extensive, powerfully argued examination of why we believe, and the imperative of turning from Faith to Reason, has become an international best seller. It could change your life.