Outgrowing God - Richard Dawkins

Outgrowing God

By Richard Dawkins

  • Release Date: 2019-10-08
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Score: 4.5
From 34 Ratings


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 fifteen 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 bestselling science communicators, Dawkins has given readers, young and old, the same opportunity to rethink the big questions.

In twelve 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.

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!


  • Theists with Doubts

    By Lilblackboy98
    Richard Dawkin’s „Outgrowing God“ is an excellent book for any religious person begining to have doubts. Born into a Mormon family, I grew up believing in God. I didn’t begin questioning my faith until I learned about other religions and evolution during a two year missionary service. Within a year of returing from my service, during which I studied many books about history, religion and evolution, I became an atheist; the evidence-based science and logic were relieving to my truth-seeking mind! Religion had only ever presented me with confusion. I’m sincerely appreciative of men like Richard Dawkins who make science and history available to all readers. After reading the entire book the day I purchased it, I’ve shared „Outgrowing God" with several family members and close friends. I have been delighted to see some of them accept it as gratefully as I did; I promise you will too!