Last September, after finishing my post-operation (knee surgery) rest period, and while roaming in the airport duty free shops, I stumbled upon a book with a very surprising title: "The God Delusion".
I admit it, although my religious believes are very shaky, and I like to think of myself as an Agnostic, yet such title awed me. Probably I was thinking: how could such book be available in Lebanon (although a free country but i guess we still have a barrier concerning the religious issues) ? should I buy it? would it cause me a problem if I brought it up with me back to Saudi Arabia (a very tight religious country) ?
In the end, I decided to get the book, and apparently I didn't run into trouble because of it (chuckle).
Anyhow, I dedicated some time to research about the author Richard Dawkins, apparently a prominent evolutionist biologist, with radical opinion concerning theology, religion, morals and atheism.
The book 'The God Delusion' is a followup to a documentary by Dawkins to the British TV.
I recommend as a startup, to watch the 2 episodes of the documentary before digging into the book's details.
The Root Of All Evil? Part 1/2
The Root Of All Evil? Part 2/2
In general, the book is an attempt from Dawkins to draw conclusively that it can be proved that the existence of a deity isn't necessary. The Author addresses the problem using a very logical method. Starting with a showcase of religious currents evolutions, the arguments with and against the existence of God, cause of morals and if they are related to religious beliefs, the need to raise awareness concerning Natural selection and evolution, and the "childhood abuse" by religions (not precisely the physical one, but rather the cultural and psychological ones).
Professor Dawkins' aggressiveness, great knowledge and eloquence make this book one of the must-reads for everyone, and as Julian Barnes' reviewed the book:
'Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion should be read by everyone from atheist to monk. If it's merciless rationalism doesn't enrage you at some point, you probably aren't alive.'