I’m reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I’m almost done. I’ve really enjoyed it but I’m a bit cranky now that I understand that I’m not going to heaven.
A preeminent scientist — and the world’s most prominent atheist -— asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11. With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines 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. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe’s wonders than any faith could ever muster.
You know, I probably know more bible stories than the average apostate since I spent much of my childhood with grandparents who hoped they’d be one of the 144,000 chosen to go to heaven and rule with Christ. Mind you, the Jehovah’s Witnesses do have different interpretations of many of the stories. I don’t talk about this much .. no Christmas or birthday presents can scar a kid … as Dawkins notes. Plus, there’s the whole Michael Jackson connection.