I got a B&N gift card for Xmas and one of the books I want to get is either "God is Not Great" or "The God Delusion". Which would you pick?

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Comment by Matt Peters on December 29, 2010 at 2:07pm
Thanks Nelson. That's very helpful!
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on December 29, 2010 at 2:40pm

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.

 

Comment by Greg Gorey on December 29, 2010 at 3:08pm
TGD is no where near being Dawkin's best book. Get the paperback of "The Greatest Show on Earth" or "Unweaving the Rainbow." Both are wonderful. If you want a book specifically about God, get (ed) John W Loftus' The Christian Delusion. It is excellent.
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on December 29, 2010 at 7:23pm
Nelson - That's a fair comment  about Stenger.
Comment by Greg Gorey on December 29, 2010 at 7:41pm
Let me reiterate. You should buy "The Christian Delusion". It is a wonderful book that offers very cogent arguments that are all written by experts. Its 1000x more devastating than The God Delusion.
Comment by James on December 29, 2010 at 8:25pm
Between the two, I'd get anything by Dawkins before Hitchens. But to tell the truth, I found Atheist Universe by David Mills to be a superb primer. I definitely recomend reading TGD, but reading Mills first will ease the transition. But if you're interested in evolution. I found The Greatest Show on Earth to be a fantastic book.
Comment by Terry H. on December 29, 2010 at 8:27pm

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....

Comment by Jaume on December 29, 2010 at 9:17pm
Neither. Life is short and there are far more interesting topics.
Comment by Albert Bakker on December 30, 2010 at 4:07am

Maybe I should add to the confusion and make yet another suggestion. I found "Atheism Explained" by David Ramsay Steele to be a great book, very concise, well structured, lucid and damn nearly complete.

I agree with what seems to be the consensus so far about God Is Not Great and The God Delusion. Personally, when confronted with a choice between them, I would take the first, but only for it's entertainment value. The books are pretty much equally weak philosophically.

Comment by justin gold on December 30, 2010 at 7:25am
Either of them Matt,both really good books and that was the question,hitchens or dawkins as they are both extremely popular books and when a conversation comes up it could be about one of these not the obscure ones,hitchens for me matt.

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