there are far better books if what you're after is increasing your depth of knowledge when it comes to arguments for and against religion/god. Hitchens' book is an entertaining read, of this there is no doubt, but it's basically a list of bad things that religion has caused people to do. surely you're already aware that religion causes people to do bad things. plus, it's not even an argument against the existence of god because, what, "religion causes people to do bad things, therefore god doesn't exist"? there's a disconnect there that's pretty obvious.
Dawkins' book is at least a better book to read if you want to read about arguments for god and rebuttals against them but, here's a secret: among serious philosophers Dawkins' book is considered to be shallow and a bit naive. sure, it scratches the surface but it doesn't provide the depth that other many other books do.
in the end, if you have to pick between either of these i say go with Dawkins' book. but if you really want to read up on the subject i'd suggest that your money would be better spent on one of the following:
Richard Gale's On The Nature And Existence Of God
John Loftus' Why I Became An Atheist
Michael Martin's Atheism: A Philosophical Justification
Robin le Poidevin's Arguing For Atheism
Also worth a read are:
Dan Dennett – Breaking the Spell.
Victor Stenger – God the Failed Hypothesis.
George Smith – Atheism, the case against god.
I also have read both and would prefer Dawkins. But Hitchens is still worth the time to read as he seems to have a different way of looking at things.
I havent read the Dawkins book yet but I have to write it is flattering to know that I have argued the same points and asked the same questions as Hitchens and Dawkins regarding religion and belief in an intervening deity. Thanks for the the book recommendations....
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