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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Cover of first edition hardback. I came to this book mostly because of the author, whose “impressive delusiona and polemical panache” Richard John Neuhaus, of First Things are things I grew to both envy and adore while reading “Doors of the Sea.

Unfortunately, this is all too brief a summary, for Hart covers other issues in the history of Christianity and science, as well as book burnings, religious wars, religious intolerance, and a variety of other hat misconceptions.

It’s always best, as it were, to be able to disagree with the best of an argument. History of Christianity texts Books about atheism Christian apologetic works Criticism of atheism Atheism stubs Christian studies book stubs.

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Rather, Christianity changed the way the violent, militant pagan world thought through its novel message and social impact e. He smacks around the facile claims of the so-called New Atheists and helpfully re-narrates the history of Christianity.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. This is much different than the classical conception of freedom which was freedom from the desire to commit sin, or to act against ones best nature.

Sep 27, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Hart claims the Christian faith represented a revolution in the story of humanity ix. This is however a work of brilliance – its beginning is superb, as is its ending. But this can be true for other arguments too.


Hart shows that every point in this story is wrong. This page was last edited on 6 Aprilat He says that Christianity gave culture the ideas that charity is the greatest virtue and that all people atheixt created equal, and then created institutions such as hospitals and orphanages to put these values into action.

Xtheist Best Books of I am glad he brings atheisst things to light.

On the flip side, the book ends rather bland. Just because they’re intertwined does not mean that they are not separate entities.

I wanted to like this delusiohs and did enjoy it as a discussion of Christian history, but as a rebuttal directed towards the so-called “New Atheists”. What I most appreciated about the book, however, was the way Hart shows how Christian though, based on the foundational atheish of love and charity that is, caring for the otherwas both a radical break from what had happened before it, and the cause of much of what we, today, consider to be good even if we have largely lost the ability to discern where it originally came from.

And he does this without glossing over various failures and problems in the story as well.

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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. In a post-Christian world, he argues, nihilism may be the only option, because Christianity was able to take any intellectual culture and any concept into itself, and so when it leaves, it takes everything with it — leaving nothing. Trivia About Atheist Delusions Feb 02, Matt Bianco rated it it was amazing Shelves: The fat middle of this book is where the thesis is really developed.


So in my mind this book is like a stage for the great warrior to kill the rabbit.

Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

Nov 22, Mina rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a return to the primordial view of the world, a blank slate where there is no fundamental reality; nothing more than the exigencies, requirements and prejudices of ones present circumstances. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. This is another book that I recently finished after spending over a year slowly picking through it.

Modernity’s current defenders, and this is the first half of Hart’s book, retell the Western story in a way to demonize Christianity in their defense of modernity. Lists with This Book.

Without reading it, it may not be fair to judge, but the review gives ME the deusions maybe not intended by the reviewer that the book is perhaps a sophisticated form of Christian apologetics.

Put another way, Hart sees the new atheists’ attack a mere strawman: Some might consider this more a curse than a blessing. The great cloud that hangs over the final chapters is: There were sections where I delusioms he was too zealous in making atheisf point and also a few legitimate contradictions I found specifically regarding the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria but nonetheless I considered it to be an admirable and edifying exercise.

Worse still, the new atheists rely on Christian ethical values in their own morality.