The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006.
Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins
himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his
hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His
argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming
increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism,
whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and
dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and
elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and
Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of
science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times
still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay
rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks
evidence of any kind.