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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The book explores what Hart identifies as historical and popular misconceptions of Christianity ‘s detractors. 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.

Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

And this tragic, retreatist conclusion was the most disappointing. Finally, the secular view and modern march of “progressive” reason and moral superiority is a sham e.

I am glad he brings these things to light. Despite its polemical title, delusionz book contains interesting information both for Christians and non-christians. This is a very good historical survey worked around solid orthodox Theology, and very helpful on the terms the dellusions has for it.

What we gain from the Christian revolution, that paganism never and, in Hart’s view, never could gave is the human person. Many of these points are pet-peeves I have when talking with others about the history of religion deluisons the West, and I’m interested to see where this book takes things.

For Hart’s polemics, I preferred his Experience of God and for Christian history I prefer anything by Peter Brown, but this was a pleasing exploration of what may have been at stake as “paganism” gave way to Christianity, a religion, culture, and philosophy that is now giving way to a kind of post-Christian culture in the global West.


Nov 27, Aeisele rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 3 comments. delusion

I came to this book mostly because of the author, whose “impressive erudition and polemical panache” Richard John Neuhaus, of First Things are things I grew to both envy and adore while reading “Doors of the Sea. There was no rooting for the underdog, no narrative of redemption and rebirth.

Nietzsche for one seemed to grasp the stunning magnitude of the contemporary “Death of God”. Through deft historical examples simple logical analysis Hart undermines many of the basic claims of “Ditchkins” et al, and entertainingly wishes that the Christianity has more worthy critics today, such as the 2nd century Celsus.

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.

Hart does write with biting sarcasm, even coming off as mean at times, but if the reader can forgive him that we end up with a thorough, needed and great book.

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Oct 10, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Given the ending, I’m taking back one of those stars.

A lot of this book is a recap of Christian history intended to be a rebuttal of the popular modern characterization of it as one huge shameful mistake. A New Theology “A devastating dissection of the ‘new atheism,’ a timely reminder of the fact hadt ‘no Christianity’ would have meant ‘no West,’ and a rousing good read. Merrick, Scottish Bulletin on Evangelical Theory “.

Should we really be surprised to find so many good contributions from Christianity in Western history when Christianity has dominated Western history for so long, including the present and it’s values, all this despite one’s view of modernity and post-modernity?


Its freedom is nihilistic. Quotes from Atheist Delusions 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.

Unfortunately, his derisive wit will probably turn off New Atheist sympathizers before he can say anything of substance, and he’s not able to spend much time on taheist subject of what an intellectually serious detractor of Christianity might say. Christianity has surely inspired many positive reactions including the elevation of charity and the belief that the universe is ruled by rational laws.

Review: David Bentley Hart, “Atheist Delusions”

Hart evinces the erudition and knowledge of both a classical philosophical and theological education. This was real helpful. To a large extent the “New Atheists” are only rehashing popular post-Enlightenment strains of thinking about Christianity. Furthermore, Hart continues, pagan cults had no moral obligations.

There was only winning and losing–and you had better make sure you won. Michael Ramsey Prize He writes with clarity and force, and he drives his points home again and again. 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.

Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Hart outlines how Christianity transformed the ancient world in ways we may have forgotten:

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