Outgrowing God

Richard Dawkins

Outgrowing God



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Outgrowing God is a guide for aspiring atheists which leads the reader on an intense journey through history and mythology. Starting with the difference between history and stories, Dawkins looks at the similarities between the great monotheistic religions and highlights their similarities, explaining that (despite their immense popularity throughout the ages) none of them can be proved. Humans have always believed in the existence of superior beings, and choose to place their faith in one God as the almighty Creator. However, Dawkins carefully explains that the answers we all seek to life’s great questions cannot be found in religion, and goes on to say that only science can explain the Universe, and that we are all free to cast a critical eye over Darwin’s theory of evolution to help us understand the origin of life on Earth.

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Analysis and key concepts


Religion has always dictated that humans must believe in at least one God, if not several


The limitations of religion can be found in the gap between history and myth


The meaning of myths and the human need to believe in transcendence


Evolution and the origin of the world: the big question


We need to learn to trust evolution because that is where we will find the answers to all of life’s big questions




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Many useful tips to:

  • Contemplate the relationship between science and faith, and form your own opinion on it.
  • Understand the difference between history and mythology, between something that really happened, and stories invented by man to produce a certain effect.
  • Develop your critical awareness about Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi in March 1941. He is a British evolutionary biologist, popular-science writer, essayist, and activist, and is considered one of the greatest advocates of the current interpretation of Neo-Darwinism in the contemporary era. He has published several books, and his articles have appeared in countless scientific journals. He also founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation, whose mission is to promote scientific literature, and a vision of the world based on far-sightedness through the centuries.

Publishing house:

Random House