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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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Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

Hart says this is because the book is really an extended essay. The selfish part of me is frustrated that Hart’s great intelligence and eloquence are wasted on purging the toxic effluents of the Ditchkens Industrial Complex.

There is no higher calling, or higher purpose to strive for.

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. For those interested in some of the deep debates about philosophy and the history of ideas, the notes are few.

Hart closes the book in the present, delineating the ominous consequences of the decline of Christendom in a culture that is built upon its moral and spiritual values. His approach is subt This is a very good historical survey worked around solid orthodox Theology, and very helpful on the terms the author has for it. However, Hart’s thesis is more subtle than that.

After this demolition-job all that is left for them to do is repent and rejoice at the discreditation of their erstwhile selves.

Having said all this I don’t want to upend secular modernity; my conservatism leads me to be wary of any type of revolution – even if its a revolution back towards conservatism. Since I come into the former category, I enormously enjoyed this book, though with my eyes open to its faults. Now Hart is most certainly not advocating “running away,” and his book is a clear example of cultural engagement.


Retrieved 19 May 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.

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For example, choosing to indulge in alcohol leads to addictions and behaviors that are more animal than human not to mention irrational and transitory. Where things got bogged down for me, and why I took so long to finish the book, was the second section.

Review: David Bentley Hart, “Atheist Delusions” | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

It’s extremely hard to tie historical events such as holocausts to just the effects of either a given religious or ethical system, a culture, a political structure, etc Both entertaining and enlightening. Jun 10, David Withun rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such a freedom without any goal or basis other than sheer choice is nihilistic. This is not a criticism — it strikes me that Hart knows the audience for such a book as atheeist, and it is not Richard Dawkins. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

There was only winning and losing–and you had better make sure you won.

But more importantly, this book only covers criticisms directed towards Christian history, which for anyone who has actually read the “New Atheists” would recognize isn’t a significant or read convincing part of their argument anyway.

He cites the monastic movement as perhaps something of what hrat modern Church has to look forward to.

Hart is a gifted writer, and clearly the product of an intellectual tradition utterly removed from the mass market paperback writers he addresses at points. Curiously enough, we never seem to step back and reflect upon the significance of this fact. 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.


Lists with This Book. Despite the unfortunate main tittle, the heart of the book is really his illumination of how the “Christian Revolution” of the sub tittlewas the discovery of the infinite value of every human regardless of class, and how the seemingly pointless theological and Christological controversies of the 4th-6th centuries were a struggle to ground the basic narrative story of God’s love for all creation in a matrix of “divination”.

Review: David Bentley Hart, “Atheist Delusions”

Dec 05, David Robertson rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 17, Ted Newell rated it it was amazing. While it’s absolutely true that the Lord may have His people in a period of decline, and the scenery may change significantly as this occurs, this retreatist mentality is exactly what got us here in the first place.

Most important is the recognition that the rise of Christianity was so revolutionary and changed western culture so thoroughly deluusions positive ways hospitals, charity, view of athwist, etc. Jul 08, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: But I think he does a superb job of deconstructing wtheist shallow and wooly thinking of the new fundamentalist atheists. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x delusjons While they may exist independently within themselves for awhile, once the animating underlying principle the religious conception of the value of life is no longer seen as credible how long until we slip into entirely new beliefs? In the third part, Hart discusses the positive content of Christianity, much of which has already been anticipated.