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Outgrowing God
Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide | Richard Dawkins
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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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britt_brooke
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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" ? 2mo
julesG @vivastory 😂😂😂 2mo
britt_brooke @vivastory 🤣🤣 And yet, I‘d still read that, too. 😆 2mo
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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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Connster
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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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Connster
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We should all be ‘teapot agnostics‘ 😂😂😂

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Connster
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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.