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Atheist Delusions has ratings and reviews. David Bentley Hart provides a bold correction of the New Atheists’s misrepresentations of the Christian. Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies is a book by the theologian, philosopher, and cultural commentator David Bentley Hart. The book explores what Hart identifies as historical and popular. The New Atheist thing seems to be moribund at the moment, although the half- corpse sometimes twitches. But that may paradoxically make this.

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This is both entertaining, but also tiring. He writes with clarity and force, and he drives his points home again and again. If Hart is setting up a sort of binary comparison of Christian influences vs. Unfortunately, his derisive wit will probably turn off New Atheist sympathizers before he can deousions anything of substance, and he’s not able to spend much time on the subject of what an intellectually serious detractor of Christianity might say.

Delsuions, Christianity changed the way the violent, militant pagan world thought through its novel message and social impact e.

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Will we lose all this in a post-Christian society? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Christians were cruel to leapers, Christians burned books, Christians burned the library of Alexandria, Christians where anti-science, Christians burned witches and were deludions mad, Christians lead to the holy wars, etc.

He exposes his opponents errors of fact or logic with ruthless precision. Despite all this, we have had plenty of unfair rhetoric nart the other way David Bentley Hart writes in beautiful, erudite, and witty polemic.

In the final chapter Hart rightly asks, if we lose Christianity, why should we retain, as many atheists simply assume we will, these good things? In the third part, Hart discusses the positive content of Christianity, much of which has already been anticipated. The “Christian Revolution” alluded to in the book’s harh doesn’t refer to a coming event, but the revolutionary arrival of Christianity several centuries ago which transformed a formerly pagan world.


Resoundingly refutes the modern myth that the rise of the Christian Church created scientific and technological stagnation, unprecedented violence, and suppressed the learning and wisdom of the Hellenistic period, all of which had to be overcome to make way agheist the Age of Enlightenment.

Is charity really one of them? Simply put all of the most cherished values of modernity pity, charity, compassion have religious origins.

As I’ve mentioned before, this idea is embodied in the Islamic concept of fitra, and ones lifelong struggle to act in accordance with it. In the fourth and final part of the book, Hart returns to the modern era and wonders how realistic it is to think that Hary values can be sustained in a post-Christian world.

Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

That is a given when one reads David Bentley Hart. They are hardly adding anything new to the argument which isn’t surprising since they aren’t historians.

However, with that said, I enjoyed the book. I think the book’s primary role will be to prevent conversions to New Atheism based on contemporary Ditchkensian propaganda, and I think it likely serves that purpose well.

The book’s title might be a little more polemical than necessary, in that it is less about refutations specifically of many of the New Atheist movement’s most vocal supporters although, Hart does address “The Four Horsemen” and some of their works occasionally and more a historical “defense” of Christianity and the undoubtable effect it has had on the world. Makes the case that Terry Eagleton, John Haught, and others have made, that scientistic atheism takes for granted the Christian ethical moral and social heritage.

However, Hart’s thesis is more subtle than that.

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There’s nothing wrong with that, but the arrogance that comes through for the “New Atheist” project does grow tiresome that’s not to say the “New Atheists” can’t be guilty of arrogance too.

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Rejecting “religion” as an unmitigated evil would lead to the incomprehensible but it seems rapidly approaching condition of looking at the world as one giant playground of biological machines, subject to nothing more than their mutual and delsions wills. Return to Book Page. Hardcoverpages. And, fairly enough, Hart does not shy from mentioning both the good and bad effects. View all 6 comments. Many of these points are pet-peeves I have when talking with others atheidt the history of religion and hary West, and I’m interested to see where this book takes things.

Provocations and Laments and The Beauty of the Infinite: Merrick, Scottish Bulletin on Evangelical Theory “. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x And he does this without glossing over various failures and problems in the story as well. Despite all this, we have had plenty of unfair rhetoric going the other way for so long that Hart’s book should be a welcome kick in the guts for the complacent liberal intellectuals he so despises.

Open Preview See a Problem? He mocks them, harasses them, and generally has a great time of showing how their history and reasoning and logic are about as complex and meaningful as a six year old on a playground. Hart does write with biting sarcasm, even coming off as mean at times, but if delusioms reader can forgive him that we end up with a thorough, needed and great book.

But atheism that consists entirely in vacuous arguments afloat on oceans of historical ignorance, made turbulent by athest of strident self-righteousness, is as contemptible as any other form of dreary fundamentalism.