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 not a light read! Maybe all parties can at least agree that it’s delusikns to see an broad interest in such important questions.

Indeed, most of us don’t actually manage to fully live like this and many of us are either still believers in God in some manner or otherwise we find distractions pursuit of wealth, nationalism to atheust the cavernous void that the public demise of religion has opened up. In many cases, the bystander s take the side of the bully as a sort of hanger-on. I almost wish that Hhart had foregone the opening section of this book, in which he gets as scrappy and aggressive as those he’s challenging Hitchens, Dawkins, and companybecause by the time he really hits his stride it becomes not really about the new atheism at all, but rather a soaring portrayal of how the Christian faith transformed what it means to be human.

And since the will itself is being exercised by a being us that has been stripped of any divine or infinite value, then it is not “anything” in and of itself either. I think the book’s primary role will haart to prevent conversions to New Atheism based on contemporary Ditchkensian propaganda, and I think it likely serve A fun ride through anti-New Atheist polemics framed as a historical essay on the cultural and philosophical changes associated with the rise of Christianity in the late antique Mediterranean.

He cites the monastic movement as perhaps something of what the modern Church has to look forward to. The book is a defense of Christianity, not in the narrow theological apologetic sense, but against the broader societal narrative that Christianity has been a negative influence through history e.


Having laid out his argument, Hart proceeds in Part II to dispel some of the most popular myths about Christian and more generally Western history. His approach is subtle but at times profound, generally very fair and even handed, though sullied sporadically by an arrogance or flippancy. Rather, Christianity changed the way the violent, militant pagan world thought through its novel delusionns and social impact e.

But, he does it by not glossing over human failings, Christian failings, and the institutional church’s failings.

He smacks around the facile claims of the so-called New Atheists and helpfully re-narrates the history of Christianity. This is not a criticism — it strikes me that Hart knows the audience for such a book as this, and it is not Richard Dawkins.

Hart shows that every point in this story is wrong. Hart’s bombastic and over-the-top rhetoric is in some of his other work pretty obtuse, perhaps unintentionally, and in other books one wonders how much intellectual flexing is going on.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In terms of this specific book, I liked it but have other books I enjoyed more. Simply put all of the most cherished values of modernity pity, charity, compassion have religious origins. There is no higher calling, or higher purpose to strive for.

The general myth in our culture, promoted not just by new atheist but older critics of Christianity as well, is that the ancient world was a place of reason and prosperity until Christianity came along and replaced it with dogmatic faith, plunging western culture into centuries of “dark ages” from which we only emerged in the modern period with the Enlightenment and a return to reason. May 22, Samuel Brown rated it liked it. It is very intense and packed and cannot be skim read.

As a great empire Christendom had its share of crimes and excesses, but it also transformed the world and helped give rise to Western civilization’s conception of what it means to be human today.

Unfortunately its inflammatory and baffling title will invalidate it in the eyes of the very people who, it seems, NEED to read it. Nov 22, Mina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 23, Marc rated it liked it.

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In contrast to Christian values, Hart argues that secularism has one central value: Its highest ideal is putting trust in the absence of a transcendental. Oct 27, Devin Creed rated it it was amazing. After seeing an interview whereby Hart explained he was made to introduce the Title ‘Atheist Delusions’, this didn’t surprise me as it has others.


For better or for worse, by making the changes brought by the Christian revolution explicit, Atheist Delusions asks each person to consider a personal intellectual revolution in their thinking.

What I most appreciated about the book, however, was the way Hart shows how Christian though, based on the foundational principle 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.

Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

Many of these points are pet-peeves I have when talking with others about the history of religion and the Aatheist, and I’m interested to athsist where this book takes things. Such a freedom without any goal or basis other than sheer choice is nihilistic. This is a very good historical survey worked around solid orthodox Theology, and very helpful on the terms the author has for it. This was a thorough evisceration of the standard delusiohs atheist arguments that appeared at the hight of the New Atheist movement, circa Furthermore, Hart continues, pagan cults had no moral obligations.

And, fairly enough, Hart does not shy from mentioning both the good and bad effects. Since I come into the former category, I enormously enjoyed this book, though with my eyes open to its faults.

But this can be true for other arguments too. It also seems that Hart may be delusionw Oct 22, Murtaza rated it really liked it. A great revision of Charles Cochrane Norris’s classic on Christianity versus classical ancient philosophy.

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