The God Delusion
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The New York Academy of Sciences
Presented by the New York Academy of Sciences
Richard Dawkins will discuss his latest book The God Delusion (Houghton Mifflin). Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Now Dawkins turns his intellect on religion.
Dawkins denounces religion's faulty logic and the suffering it causes. He critiques God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being.
Dawkins has fashioned an impassioned, rigorous rebuttal to religion, to be embraced by anyone who sputters at the inconsistencies and cruelties that riddle the Bible, bristles at the inanity of "intelligent design," or agonizes over fundamentalism in the Middle East—or Middle America.
Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist, has been the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University since 1995. Among his books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil's Chaplain and The God Delusion.