Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

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Yale University Press, Apr 21, 2009 - History - 253 pages
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In this provocative book one of the most brilliant scholars of religion today dismantles distorted religious "histories" offered up by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and other contemporary critics of religion and advocates of atheism. David Bentley Hart provides a bold correction of the New Atheists's misrepresentations of the Christian past, countering their polemics with a brilliant account of Christianity and its message of human charity as the most revolutionary movement in all of Western history.

Hart outlines how Christianity transformed the ancient world in ways we may have forgotten: bringing liberation from fatalism, conferring great dignity on human beings, subverting the cruelest aspects of pagan society, and elevating charity above all virtues. He then argues that what we term the "Age of Reason" was in fact the beginning of the eclipse of reason's authority as a cultural value. 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.

 

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User Review  - dcunning11235 - LibraryThing

Though there were many points in this book where I had to grit my teeth, this is actually a worthwhile book. I was surprised, to be honest. Hart does wander off the rails a few times, and opens the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ted_newell - LibraryThing

Excellent. Detailed. 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. Bracing. A great ... Read full review

Contents

THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE SECULAR AGE MODERNITYS REWRITING OF THE CHRISTIAN PAST
27
REVOLUTION THE CHRISTIAN INVENTION OF THE HUMAN
109
REACTION AND RETREAT MODERNITY AND THE ECLIPSE OF THE HUMAN
217
Notes
243
Index
251
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