I received the Richard Dawkins book, The God Delusion, for Christmas last year (heh, heh, for Christmas - the God delusion, heh, heh) and finally finished reading it last week. Not that it was a difficult read - quite the contrary, it was written in an easy to digest conversational tone. I'm just reading infrequently these days, so it takes me a while to get through anything. Also, the new Guy Gavriel Kay novel came out, so I had to read that first. But, I made my way through it, and I have to admit, I'm underwhelmed.
Dawkins sets out, he announces in the preface, to convince, via reason, those on the fence about religion, that there really is no good reason to believe. All the way through the book, I found myself nodding in agreement with the things he was saying, but hey, I'm not on the fence, am I? I already agree with the guy. And I couldn't help thinking that he was preching to the choir. (Is it allowed to use a religious metaphor to describe an atheist book?) It brought to mind the Jon Swift quotation: “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.” Belief in God cannot be arrived at through the use of reason. It is irrational, and unreasonable by definition. No amount of reasonable dialogue is going to convince a believer that God doesn't exist.
And those on the fence? As far as I'm concerned, those who are balancing on the fence are working fairly hard to stay there already. Seriously, it's not an easy place to stay. I expect people on the fence to stay on the fence as a matter of principle. It's not that they can't see and understand the arguments. It's just that they have decided to not listen to them in an attempt to keep their balance. Good luck to them.
That said, I do think Dawkins' book is an excellent piece of work, and recommend it highly to all - especially the religious. Not because I hold out any hope of it converting you to reason (I know that's not possible), but because it explains the atheistic mindset in plain, easy to understand language. I think that many religious people don't really understand how atheists think, and this book can at least open that curtain.