It’d probably be an understatement to describe The God Delusion as a controversial book. Written by Professor Richard Dawkins from Oxford University, the book describes itself as a "hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types and does so in the lucid, witty and powerful language for which he is renowned".
It’s certainly not the type of book I’d normally have picked up; I received it at Christmas. I will say after reading it that I thought it was a fantastic book which I enjoyed a lot.
It certainly is a well argued systematic rebuttal of religion. Dawkins writes clearly and explores many of the topics he covers with jokes, examples and letters which he has received. Besides simply exploring the evidence about God, Dawkins argues that it is perfectly rational to be an atheist – that atheists can be good and happy people.
I think the main aim of this book is to change the minds of agnostics and pantheists (those who believe in God in the more metaphorical sense that Einstein does). If you consider yourself an atheist, you may find this book an interesting read. Dawkins also challenges religious people to read it as a test of faith, but that seems to have just sparked off somebody to write a book called The Dawkins Delusion, which in turn has been parodied by a Youtube Video.
Scientists and free-thinking philosophers will love this book which will explore not only God but issues such as morality and how we tell whether something is right or wrong. It could be considered a form of religious conversion but it’s possible to read the book critically and to make up your own mind. And at the very least, it should inspire you to write a blog post or two about it.