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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Y Lolfa (13 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847714803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847714800
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Virgostein on 18 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
The author approaches the increasingly popular arguments of the virtues of life without God over the constraining effects of theist beliefs with an intelligently set out broad polemic. The chapters are kept purposely short allowing the reader to remain interested in a subject that, in other works of similar themes, often gets bogged down by drawn out points. It certainly doesn't here - and that is its strength.

The arguments put forward are taut, articulate, thoroughly well researched and interspersed with personal anecdotes making it accessible throughout, especially to atheists wishing to reaffirm their understanding or agnostics seeking a clearer choice other than fence sitting. As for the religious, you can only hope they would read this book if only to truly grasp the viewpoint of an atheist. They would learn it is not the maligned force many of them have been led to believe it is, but simply a rational understanding embracing reality with humanity firmly at its core. With that in mind, Slaying the Dragon is not just an excellent read but an important one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kingsmoore on 13 Aug 2012
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Griffiths a history graduate,in his first book, gives his everyman perspective on why he is an atheist and why belief in God should be discontinued.Using fair,logical and reasoned arguments he takes us on a journey through his lifelong atheist viewpoint.His conclusions are cleverly debated and I defy any theist to read this book and not ask _"Could he be right?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Mclean on 24 May 2014
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I am always slightly reluctant to provide a book review as peoples perceptions of different works can be so subjective. However in the case of this book I will gladly make an exception.

I, like many other children were indoctrinated into religion at school. However from quite early on all these stories did not really ring true in my head. How was everyone so sure about all these events, words spoken when it was so long ago? So throughout the majority of my adult life (I am approaching 60) I have sought to resolve these questions in my mind. I would say that after exploring many avenues I was left with little opportunity but to resign myself that atheism was the only real answer to my quest for the truth.

Robert Griffith's book is by far one of the best books I have read on the absurdity of religion. He clearly exposes the very shaky foundations that under both the Old and New Testaments. He presents his evidence in clear and lucid manner and isolates particular text to make his points very clearly.

Overall I have really enjoyed the book and would thoroughly recommend it to any who has an interest in theology and religion. Unfortunately I suspect it will be dismissed by the majority of religious fanatics. And in a way that only goes to prove the point of the book, and that is that the majority of religions never question their own belief systems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Huang-Leaver on 30 Nov 2013
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He admits early on that he isn't as amazingly smart as Harris, Dawkins or Hitchins, but that's the whole point. Dawkins rips religion to shreds with intellectual fire power, Hitchins goes on a gore-fest of all the many ways region is the worst thing ever invented, where as 'Slaying the Dragon' is actually quite mild, 'religion is a bit daft and isn't really true' approach.
This is obviously much milder and lighter than other more famous and more expensive books on the subject, but not as good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Mar 2014
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I had plenty of empathy with the author, having been brought up in exactly the same God-fearing, beautiful hymn-singing Welsh valley tradition, and had made the same journey away from that theocratic stronghold on life, so I looked forward to Mr Griffiths's account of his journey and his arguments. I was not disappointed; Mr Griffiths has an excellent command of language and uses it to great flowing effect, leading us all the way from his early strong believer to the atheistic position. The book is an excellent read for those who like following a thoroughly logical exposition. My only caveat was the feeling that all the ground had been previously covered by most of the authors to whom Mr Griffiths rightly gives credit for his own liberation: Dawkins, Stenger, Hitchens and others, and I felt that there was not enough that was new and original in his approach. That said, if anyone has not read those earlier authors, or wants to reinforce their output, "Slaying the Dragon" is a superlative read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bangorgeoff on 6 Jan 2014
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I was attracted to this book because I live in Wales and hold all religion in the highest of contempt. Robert writes from the heart and is obviously someone who can think for himself and is not bothered about offending the religious bigots, who mostly, can't even recite the commandments, let alone display any knowledge of the Bible. Robert goes through both testicles (testaments) and analyses every bit, pointing out the idiotic contents within that are an insult to any thinking person's intelligence. He brings out some new points for me and reminds me about the many other inconsistencies. Well written, well researched, well worth reading. The problem is, however, is that the very people who should read it will not only not do so, but will be frightened too. Some years ago I wrote a dissertation for my MA Philosophy on abortion. A retired Catholic priest that I know would not even read it. I can only assume he thought he would be committing a sin by doing so. How sad!
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