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Outgrowing God

A Beginner's Guide
Written by: Richard Dawkins
Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Should we believe in God? In this brisk introduction to modern atheism, one of the world’s greatest science writers tells us why we shouldn’t.

Richard Dawkins was 15 when he stopped believing in God.

Deeply impressed by the beauty and complexity of living things, he’d felt certain they must have had a designer. Learning about evolution changed his mind. Now one of the world’s best and best-selling science communicators, Dawkins has given listeners, young and old, the same opportunity to rethink the big questions.

In 12 fiercely funny, mind-expanding chapters, Dawkins explains how the natural world arose without a designer - the improbability and beauty of the "bottom-up programming" that engineers an embryo or a flock of starlings - and challenges head-on some of the most basic assumptions made by the world’s religions: Do you believe in God? Which one? Is the Bible a "Good Book"? Is adhering to a religion necessary, or even likely, to make people good to one another? Dissecting everything from Abraham’s abuse of Isaac to the construction of a snowflake, Outgrowing God is a concise, provocative guide to thinking for yourself.

Includes a bonus PDF of photographs and charts.

Advance praise for Outgrowing God

"My son came home from his first day in the sixth grade with arms outstretched plaintively demanding to know: 'Have you ever heard of Jesus?' We burst out laughing. Maybe not our finest parenting moment, given that he was genuinely distraught. He felt that he had woken up one day to a world in which his peers were expressing beliefs he found frighteningly unreasonable. He began devouring books like The God Delusion, books that helped him formulate his own arguments and helped him stand his groundDawkins’s new book is special in the terrain of atheists’ pleas for humanism and rationalism precisely since it speaks to those most vulnerable to the coercive tactics of religion. As Dawkins himself says in the dedication, this book is for ‘all young people when they’re old enough to decide for themselves.’ It is also, I must add, for their parents." (Janna Levin, author of Black Hole Blues)

"When someone is considering atheism I tell them to read the Bible first and then Dawkins. Outgrowing God - second only to the Bible!" (Penn Jillette, author of God, No!)

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What the critics say

"With wit, logic, and his characteristic flair for expressing complex ideas with uncanny clarity, Richard Dawkins separates myth from reality in Outgrowing God. His book is more than a beginners’ guide to atheism: it is a primer that liberates us to see and explore the beauty of the Universe free of fables and fantasies." (Neil Shubin, paleontologist and author of Your Inner Fish)

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Should be mandatory reading in Jr. High worldwide

But don't let my "Jr High" or the publisher's adolescent focused marketing put you off. This is a more approachable book than The God Delusion. Written for all audiences, young and old. Less academic and less arcanely philosophical than The God Delusion. A masterfully written argument for science and reason over belief. Loved every page.

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Wonderful

A well written, straight to the point book on growing beyond our basic early human superstitions and man made beliefs. Highly recommended!

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Not much new for longtime atheist.

Good message but as someone who's comtemplated the question of God for so long I didn't find as much new info as I would have liked.

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Incredible book!

I started to listen to this book as someone on the fence, an individual struggling with their own faith in God in the face of a world seemingly bent against him. My faith required a blindness, and upon listening to this book I feel as though that blindness has been lifted. Very well written, it is approachable and engaging even as it takes a look at the science behind our world. A definite must read!

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  • God(less)
  • 2019-11-05

No new ground is covered.

If you have read The God Delusion then you don't need to read this one.

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  • ANDRE
  • 2019-11-19

It takes courage!

Alll believers of all faiths should have the courage to read this book from cover to cover and then at least question whether or not their belief makes any sense at all.

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  • Matthew S. Jackson
  • 2020-01-15

Not much new, but still good.

If you've read a couple of Dawkins' books, you've likely heard most of what you'll hear here. That said, it's always a pleasure to listen to Dawkins read his work.

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  • Joshua Snyder
  • 2019-10-14

A reminder

A reminder that the burden of maintaining religious beliefs is on the believer and not on the society at large. While individuals may maintain any belief they want, cultural and societal beliefs need to be governed by reason and science.

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  • JB
  • 2019-10-09

Absolutely Amazing. Brilliant.

This is the perfect follow up to the God Delusion. Dawkins does it again. I loved it. Please read. ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Dolph
  • 2020-01-20

Great Book!

Dawkins' most readable book! I love his other books but some required me to reread several portions over and over again. This was a joy to listen to and understand.

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  • Claudia
  • 2020-01-04

well done professor

is a simple explanation and a wakeup call for the whole world. thank you very much for your work.

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  • Gerard MacVicar
  • 2019-12-04

Loved it.

This is a fantastic read. Dawkins' intonation is pleasant and he adds some nice witty British humor.

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  • Abe Peters
  • 2019-11-21

WOW

As an X evangelical having always heard Richard Dawkins being quoted and miss quoted In negative ways to support particular theories resulted In negative feelings towards both Richard as well as atheists in general.
After listening to this book without my evangelical spectacles I have gained much respect for both Richard and Atheism.
I will say no more for now as I’m still floating in mid air
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I highly recommend this book.

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  • Eran
  • 2019-11-16

the best entry guide into atheism!

Dawkins had always presented a brilliant case for "there is no god", but this beginner's guide is critical to making it accessible to the scientifically lay man.
i plan to have both my kids read it!