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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Both entertaining hadt enlightening. Merrick, Scottish Bulletin on Evangelical Theory “. The difference is striking. 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.

Dec 05, David Robertson rated it really liked it Shelves: The fat middle of this book is where the thesis is really developed. 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. View all 6 comments. While bart the past people killed for various types of chauvinism, the new amorality of the time has opened the door for atrocities of a scale “industrial” and type “scientific” never seen – delsuions we’ve walked through this door time and again.

If Hart is setting up a sort of binary comparison of Christian influences vs.

That is the early Church struggled over who God and Jesus were and how they related because the were so concerned with humans, made in the image of God, related to the Creator of all. Provocations and Laments ayheist The Beauty of the Infinite: And he does this without glossing over various failures and problems in the story as well.

Of course, if a change stheist fortune brought about a chance of status, there could be no recovery, especially if one’s humiliation came by the hand of an enemy. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

Nov 23, Marc rated it liked it. But athfist beneath is this disturbing reality; a reality which has allowed us to be alternately banal and at some times monstrous on a scale never before seen in human history. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In short, this was a vastly encouraging book, not so much because I have been much swayed by the arguments of the New Atheists, but because of the erudite and loving description of the checkered history of Christianity that illumines how Western history in all of its glory and shame is depended on the energy that the Christian Revolution inspired.


Nietzsche, Celsus but no one in the past century has really managed it. Modernity’s telos is that of freedom.

He exposes his opponents errors of fact or logic with ruthless precision. Such a freedom without any goal or basis other than sheer choice is nihilistic. Popular Religion is a celebration of excellence: What deelusions was the difference?

In other words, we spent millenia jart these high concepts of the value of man, only to toss them out the window on the backs of a few undergraduate level NYT bestsellers. The book ends with a reminder of the Desert Fathers who, at Christianity’s alleged ‘triumph’, retreated from the institutional church into the wild to seek athfist live out pure prayer, perfect charity, and purity of heart, to gaze upon God and the world with the luminous eye.

And, fairly enough, Hart does not shy from mentioning both the good and bad effects.

Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

The Aesthetics of Christian Truth. Whereas pagans would leave unwanted children out in the streets or forest for Fate to decide their fateChristians insisted on the value of all life, no matter how young. He doesn’t so much as deconstruct their contentions as much as pull the rug out from under them with a few deft strokes.

The argument of the work starts with the first two assumptions: I think the book could have been more established if the author would have given a little more argumentation. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

However, Hart’s thesis is more sub I will forgo the standard adjectives that came to mind when I read this book: For example, choosing to indulge in alcohol leads to addictions and behaviors that are more animal than human not to mention irrational delhsions transitory. He notes ethicists such as Peter Singer who calls for the abortion and infanticide of the severely disabled.

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Not only does one have the privilege of being smarter after reading this book, one also has an amusing privilege as well: Just because they’re intertwined does not mean that they are not separate entities. Since many of his arguments seem to be Rodney Stark inspired I am surprised that Hart does not seem to acknowledge this fact at all, since Stark does.


Aug 16, [Name Redacted] marked it as to-read Shelves: Now Hart is most certainly not advocating “running away,” and his book is a clear example of cultural engagement. But this is not really a book to win converts, anyway — the title is too provocative, the prose, at times, too biting to allow its opponents the peace of mind to engage deeply.

It is very intense and packed and cannot be skim read. Most important is the recognition that the rise of Christianity was so revolutionary and changed western culture so thoroughly in positive ways hospitals, charity, view of humanity, etc. Hart really does give it to the new atheists, and he does it by correcting false assumptions from hrt, theology, and the role of Christianity in both.

Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart

Christianity has surely inspired many positive reactions including the elevation of charity and the belief that the universe is ruled by rational laws. Hart does ayheist systematically respond to the “New Atheists” here, instead he focuses on aspects of their attack on Christianity relating to history. Nov 14, Daniel Wright delueions it really liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book.

Hart, of course, refers here to science. View all 3 comments. Trivia About Atheist Delusions Aug 20, Scott rated it it was ok.

Where things got bogged down for me, and why I took so selusions to finish the book, was the second section. The thesis is simply that Christianity is the greatest revolution the world has ever seen; that it is, in a sense, the only revolution because it was a quiet revolution from below ; that therefore only Christianity has been capable of truly altering hearts and minds; that Christianity is unique in the extent it motivates charitable institutions such as hospitals and orphanages; and that, above all, the Christian vision introduced an understanding of universal human dignity which forever after made it impossible to “innocently” engage in cruelty toward the weak and the lowly.

In the fourth and final part of the dslusions, Hart returns delusion the modern era and wonders how realistic it is to think that Christian values can be sustained in a post-Christian world.