Outgrowing God

Outgrowing God

A Beginner's Guide

Book - 2019 | First U.S. Edition.
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Should we believe in God? In this brisk introduction to modern atheism, one of the world&;s greatest science writers tells us why we shouldn&;t.

Richard Dawkins was fifteen when he stopped believing in God. 

Deeply impressed by the beauty and complexity of living things, he&;d felt certain they must have had a designer. Learning about evolution changed his mind. Now one of the world&;s best and bestselling science communicators, Dawkins has given readers, young and old, the same opportunity to rethink the big questions.

In twelve fiercely funny, mind-expanding chapters, Dawkins explains how the natural world arose without a designer&;the improbability and beauty of the &;bottom-up programming&; that engineers an embryo or a flock of starlings&;and challenges head-on some of the most basic assumptions made by the world&;s religions: Do you believe in God? Which one? Is the Bible a &;Good Book&;? Is adhering to a religion necessary, or even likely, to make people good to one another? Dissecting everything from Abraham&;s abuse of Isaac to the construction of a snowflake, Outgrowing God is a concise, provocative guide to thinking for yourself.

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&;My son came home from his first day in the sixth grade with arms outstretched plaintively demanding to know: &;Have you ever heard of Jesus?&;  We burst out laughing. Maybe not our finest parenting moment, given that he was genuinely distraught. He felt that he had woken up one day to a world in which his peers were expressing beliefs he found frighteningly unreasonable. He began devouring books like The God Delusion, books that helped him formulate his own arguments and helped him stand his ground. Dawkins&;s new book is special in the terrain of atheists&; pleas for humanism and rationalism precisely since it speaks to those most vulnerable to the coercive tactics of religion. As Dawkins himself says in the dedication, this book is for &;all young people when they&;re old enough to decide for themselves.&; It is also, I must add, for their parents.&;&;Janna Levin, author of Black Hole Blues
 
&;When someone is considering atheism I tell them to read the Bible first and then Dawkins. Outgrowing God&;second only to the Bible!&;&;Penn Jillette, author of God, No!

Baker & Taylor
Explains how the natural world arose without a designer and challenges the basic assumptions of world religions to argue that faith is not a necessary component of good behavior.

Baker
& Taylor

"The best-selling author of ""The God Delusion"" shares enlightening insights into how the natural world evolved without a designer, challenging the basic assumptions of world religions to argue that faith is not a necessary component of good behavior."

Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First U.S. Edition.
ISBN: 9781984853912
1984853910
Characteristics: 294 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm

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VaughanPLDavidB Jan 08, 2020

I'm inclined to like anything Dawkins writes because I agree with him and his approach. I like this book even more so because he has simplified his arguments into a "Beginner's Guide". Even though it seems this book is aimed squarely at adolescents, its simplicity has helped me boil down my own arguments to their essence.

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 25, 2019

This is an excellent book by Dawkins. Much research has gone into gathering plenty of supporting materials for his arguments, and the writing was easy to read. Although the book targets a young audience, I am far from being young but still find this book hard to put down. Dawkins poked holes into religions, and in particular the Old and the New Testament. He touched upon philosophy, and the understanding of DNA and its role in evolution. Wow. I think I am a wise man after reading it. The only negative, in my view, is he probably over-indulged in certain topics - a tad too much details at a couple of topics for me to care about. Otherwise it is perfect reading for anyone who wants to seek knowledge and answers to man's existence in the universe.

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mclarjh
Oct 25, 2019

Arguments about religion terrific; arguments about evolution less so. For a general audience.

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blackjacques
Sep 20, 2019

Can't wait to read this!

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