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Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins

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Argument, Nature, Religion

At a Glance

The years preceding The God Delusion's publication in 2006 witnessed religious extremism in the form of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States and the rise of religious fundamentalism throughout the world. Richard Dawkins uses his background as an evolutionary biologist to argue against the existence of God and the need for organized religion in The God Delusion. Throughout the book he exposes hypocrisy within the world's major religions and explains that many people's belief in God stems from explainable evolutionary processes. The book received high praise from prominent scientists and remains a persuasive text that educates readers concerning evolutionary theory.

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Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins argues against both the existence of God and the value of religious belief in The God Delusion. Dawkins intended the book to be a rebuke to the rise of religious fundamentalism.


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