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Outgrowing God
Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide | Richard Dawkins
Should we believe in God? In this brisk introduction to modern atheism, one of the worlds greatest science writers tells us why we shouldnt. Richard Dawkins was fifteen when he stopped believing in God. Deeply impressed by the beauty and complexity of living things, hed felt certain they must have had a designer. Learning about evolution changed his mind. Now one of the worlds 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 designerthe improbability and beauty of the bottom-up programming that engineers an embryo or a flock of starlingsand challenges head-on some of the most basic assumptions made by the worlds 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 Abrahams abuse of Isaac to the construction of a snowflake, Outgrowing God is a concise, provocative guide to thinking for yourself. Advance praise for Outgrowing God 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. Dawkinss 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 theyre 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 Godsecond only to the Bible!Penn Jillette, author of God, No!
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An atheist primer, if you will, laying out logical arguments against religious belief. In a similar vein to The Magic of Reality but I liked this much better. It covers a lot of familiar territory if you‘ve read anything in this genre before, but would probably be a good introduction if you hadn‘t.

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Today I learned that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day.

Suet624 I had no idea. Interesting. 3w
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I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as Christopher Hitchens or Sam Harris's books on atheism, but it was still pretty good.

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The number of molecules of air in a lung is hugely greater than the number of lungs in the world. You have almost certainly breathed in atoms that were breathed out by Adolf Hitler. And Hitler's secretary reported that he had bad breath.

-- (The next time I have bad breath, I'm blaming it on Hitler)

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The Great Spy Camera in the Sky🤣

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"When you have the choice of two possibilities, always choose the less miraculous."

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BestDogDad
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August wrap-up. Dawkins and St. John Mandel were at the top of my list last month. Spent a lot of time with the great Stephen Baxter. Bring on fall. 🍁 🍂 #augustwrapup

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This is Dawkins 101 - the shorter, gentler, and more accessible sibling to The God Delusion. It is targeted at younger people, and is meant to be an introduction in to the world of critical thinking so to speak. Unfortunately, I believe the young indoctrinated-at-birth who should read this would never pick up something they consider blasphemous. Oh, how I wish I would've had access to such a book in high school or my early college years!

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Hilarious!

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Indoctrination is hard to overcome. Most of my childhood friends have not changed over the last 40+ years. For many there was never a reason to seek knowledge or learn critical thinking skills. 😔

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This brings me back to my Catholic School days when our nun teachers would tap dance around the many ugly parts of the Bible. 😬

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A simple introduction to atheism in a conversational style from the world's most famous atheist. The bulk of the text was interesting and convincing but the final chapter, “Taking Courage from Science,“ was incredibly powerful. This book could be life-changing for a thoughtful teen.

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Very interesting.

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Querencia
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A great read indeed ❤ although I must say, the condescending tone didn't help during the first half, and it may definitely rub some people off in the wrong way ?

From skinner pigeon experiments to evolution, an open mind will take on the courage to believe in the more weirder but beautiful science, than to put in his words, the more "improbable" conclusion that is GOD. ?? worth it ???
#religion #god #litsy #atheism #science

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I didn‘t realize Dawkins had a new book until I heard him on Dax Shepard‘s podcast a few days ago. That was quite an interview. Dax - an atheist - was totally fanboying and I loved it! Anyway, this book is insightful. “You don‘t have to believe in a higher power to be good.” Simply stated, yet so true.

I do think Dawkins could be a bit less condescending with his book titles, but I like what he has to say within.

vivastory Yeah, I'm just waiting for him to publish one called "Religion & Other Infantile Daydreams" ? 3y
julesG @vivastory 😂😂😂 3y
britt_brooke @vivastory 🤣🤣 And yet, I‘d still read that, too. 😆 3y
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Connster
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I don‘t always match my bath bomb to my book, except sometimes I do. Which is pretty sad/weird/anal, but I kinda like it 😊

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This bath bomb is amazing. It‘s from Lush (obviously!) and it smells and feels so nice. My husband ran me the bath; I really needed it tonight. This book is an easy read after a challenging day. 🛀 🧼 🛁 🧽 🎾 💣

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We should all be ‘teapot agnostics‘ 😂😂😂

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Richard Dawkins‘ talk was brilliant! I‘ve never properly read his work, but had a vague idea of it from reading others‘ work. His Q&A was brilliant and he was very convincing! Can‘t wait to read the tagged book, which was included with the ticket. I think this is next on my TBR list.

BestDogDad He is wonderful live! Where did you see him? 3y
Connster @BestDogDad Agreed! Saw him at Birmingham Town Hall last year, it was excellent! 3y
BestDogDad @Connster Excellent! Saw him in Rochester MN years ago and in Dallas in 2018. Splurged on the meet and greet tickets in Dallas. Awesome time! 3y
Connster @BestDogDad Fantastic! I bet! 3y
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