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Comment by John Sanford on January 20, 2009 at 11:16pm
Rober J. Sawyer had a trilogy of books that touch on the "god Gene". I really enjoyed reading the 'Neanderthal Parallax' in its entirety. Great insight to the human condition and the theoretical existence of a parallel universe where our cousins ruled the earth rather than us. Religion is a bane from which they supposedly did not suffer. The interactions presented in the books provide a touchstone for thought exercises in what would effect societies familiar and unfamiliar with religion.
Comment by Amy on January 20, 2009 at 5:00pm
The God Delusion helped me finally decide to 'come out' as an atheist. Since then I've read a lot of books on the subject and although The God Delusion will always have a special place in my heart, I have to say that The Ancestor's Tale is Dawkins' best work in my opinion.

I wish I could thank him personally for helping to give me the courage to 'come out'.
Comment by Paul on January 20, 2009 at 12:28pm
If we're talking about Dawkins' best book I have to chime in and mention Unweaving the Rainbow.
Comment by Richard Healy on January 19, 2009 at 4:25pm
Have you looked at Christopher Hitchin's The Portable Atheist? (Don't believe the title, the thing is a brick!) but it is an anthology of some of the most forthright critics of religion over several centuries with an introduction to each by Hitchens. Very good in my opinion and of a different flavour to either Dawkins or Harris.
Comment by Stephanie on January 19, 2009 at 12:02pm
I read the "God Delusion" and have given it to my sister. I will be purchasing the audio book as well. Richard Dawkins was a huge influence on me become an atheist. I actually watched every video on YouTube and Google Video of him and Sam Harris before buying their books.

I became an anti-theist about 3 months ago. I just created a Facebook page and have my "belief" as Atheist. Plus I have listed all of my "atheism" books as my favorite books, and all of Richard Dawkins videos as my favorite movies. Under the favorite quotes, I have numerous anti-religion quotes from one of my favorite books, "The Quotable Atheist". I also joined the atheist and science groups on Facebook as well. So far, I haven't received any comments from my friends. However, one newly accepted friend who is an old classmate of mine, hasn't responded to my email. Maybe because she is a Mormon. I'm probably evil in her eyes. So funny! For this reason alone, I believe it's very important for unbelievers to "come out" and not be afraid or embarrassed for doing so and support others have as well. Atheism/Agnosticism will never been seen as "mainstream" if we continue to hide it from people.
Comment by Richard Healy on January 19, 2009 at 9:36am
Without a doubt, The Ancestor's Tale. I refer to it more often than any other as a touchstone for evolutionary ideas.
Comment by Steve Greene on January 19, 2009 at 12:33am
I've always considered The Extended Phenotype to be Dawkin's best book.
Comment by John Sanford on January 13, 2009 at 8:14pm
It's strange and not an insult but I came to my atheism without having read any of Richard Dawkins' works. I've seen and heard him on television and the numerous podcasts I listen to. He is perhaps mentioned most on Skepticality, New England Skeptical Society and of course,'s Freethought Radio & Podcast. My critical thinking and skeptic (sceptic across the pond) ways were developed over the last decade or so to a point where I was wondering if I was a sited man amongst the blind. I'm happy to report I no longer feel that way. I just wish I had an immediate support group.

I will be reading Dawkin's works when my time is less constrained by needs of the body and family. Bush's Economy has hit me in the rear as it did back in 2002.

I've never denied being Atheist but I've been more vocal about it over the last 7-10 years. I'm most interested in "The God Delusion" for my first dive into Dawkins' works.

Anyone have another suggestion for a first read of his?

Comment by linda wagner on January 9, 2009 at 3:59pm
I am listening to the god delusion, this should be required reading for everyone. I feel so much better after listening to THE GOD DELUSION. I was a closet Athiest, now I have came out to my family and they acted like, WELL DUH. They already knew i was one. My biggest fear is coming out to my crochet group. Our teacher is a Mennonite. I really like her. I know she won't like me any more if I tell her. Linda
Comment by Arshad on January 9, 2009 at 8:40am
I am very exciting while writing this the name of my most
favorite author... I have read 'God Delusion' and 'Blind Watch maker'.

About 12 years ago, I also wrote a book in our own language (Urdu) "Concept of God"... which was equal to blasphemous act as for my society is concerned...

You are a great source of inspiration of all Free thinkers..
Being a scientist, you are doing a great job in spreading rationality.

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