I purchased "The god delusion" maybe 2 years ago and read it and fell in love with it. Its funny, and I enjoy Dawkins writing style.

But My favourite part of the book is where he quotes Gaskings reconstructed "proof of goods non existence" by W. Grey:

1.The creation of the world is the most marvelous achievement imaginable.
2.The merit of an achievement is the product of (a) its intrinsic quality, and (b) the ability of its creator.
3.The greater the disability, or handicap, of the creator, the more impressive the achievement.
4.The most formidable handicap for a creator would be non-existence.
5.Therefor if we suppose that the universe is the product of an existent creator we can conceive a greater being namely, one who created everything while not existing.
6.An existing God therefore would not be a being greater than which a greater cannot be conceived because an even more formidable and incredible creator would be a God which did not exist.

Ergo:

7. God doesn't exist

I have looked on a few forums, one being bible.org and its very funny seeing them attempt to tear the argument apart, esp, when it was meant to be an ironic parody of Anselms ontological argument

and even directly after he says "Gasking didn't prove that god doesn't exist

If you have yet to read this book its a great read, i plan to re read after i finish the list that i have going so far ;)

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Comment by Paul Perry on June 14, 2009 at 7:27am
The book should definitely be required reading for, well, everyone
Comment by Jason Brown on June 14, 2009 at 6:09pm
I also like Douglas's proof

“Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bog-gglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
The argument goes something like this: `I refuse to prove that I exist,' says God, `for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.'
`But,' says Man, `The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.'
`Oh dear,' says God, `I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly vanished in a puff of logic.
`Oh, that was easy,' says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets
himself killed on the next zebra crossing.”
Comment by Reggie on June 15, 2009 at 12:04am
All hail Douglas Adams

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