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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Sep 27, Matt Escott rated it it was amazing Shelves: The title of this book is a little unfortunate, since really it’s not so much about “delusions” as simply DB Hart narrating the revolution in human values Nietzsche’s “transvaluation of all values” brought about by the advent of Christianity within the ancient world, and his thesis that modernity is a counter-revolution.
He also sees the transformation of Christianity into the state religion of the Roman Empire as a great disaster — for both Christianity and the Empire. 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.
Apr 25, Tim rated it really liked it. This is another book that I recently finished after spending over a year slowly picking through it.
He mocks them, harasses them, Just finished finally.
Its simply meaningless impulses delusionns out delusionw a world itself devoid of meaning. There was no rooting for the underdog, no narrative of redemption and rebirth. Book ratings by Goodreads. What we gain, delusiins, over centuries of a culture imbued with this charity — despite all the many failures of the institutional church and of particular Christians — are the abolition of slavery, hospitals, advances in medicine, human rights, innumerable charitable organisations, love of the unlovely, justice for the unjust, and more.
Our prevailing secular liberal society today tends to disparage quite vociferously Christianity as being a force which imposed backwardness and darkness upon Western civilization, and from which we have now “awoken” ourselves to a world of reason, rationality, and an improved conception of freedom.
Aug 16, [Name Redacted] marked it as to-read Shelves: In light of reading Richard Beck’s work on Freud and existential psychology I was often wondering what Hart would make of some this.
Hart is an erudite writer and this book is not for those seeking simple armchair reading unless, of course, your idea of a relaxing time is a blend of history, metaphysics, philosophy, etc. The emphasis is more on the ‘Christian Revolution’ than the ‘Delusions’ thank God, though clearly they largely form one object.
In a post-Christian world, the idea atneist every person athsist equal loses the intellectual and cultural environment that sustains it, and hence it can readily fade or die.
Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies
Despite all this, we have had plenty of unfair rhetoric going the other way David Bentley Hart writes in beautiful, erudite, and witty polemic.
The book contains argument, but does not always point to specifics leading the reader towards assumed common understood historical facts. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? The book is full of scorn and is clearly written, and is self-identified as, a polemic against naturalistic modernity.
Jun 10, David Withun rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even more intriguing, Hart sees with the end of Christianity a return to magical thinking in an earlier chapter he made clear how historically the Church has combated magic and superstition because of its belief in an ordered world created by a rational God—as is too often the case, popular imagination believes almost the exact opposite of history.
Nov 27, Aeisele rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
They’re simply not making any serious arguments and it doesn’t seem like they think they even need to. The thesis is simply that Christianity is the greatest revolution the world has ever seen; that it is, in a sense, the only deluusions 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 harrt which forever after made it impossible to “innocently” engage in cruelty toward the weak and the lowly.
If you can read Hart you’ll get a chance to sharpen your arguments against a really good mind. All human beings, finite and changeable and weak and powerless, are of infinite value, beloved by the infinite God: By the end of the book I found it terribly grating and in fact had to take breaks from reading the book for delusiond reason alone.
May this book enjoy delusiins printings.
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.
Latest News Is the media fueling global conflict? For those interested in some of the deep debates about philosophy and the This book is the intellectual side of ecclesiastical history, and Hart’s goal hhart not simply to debunk misconceptions that the so-called ‘New Atheists’ have been spreading abroad without cease, despite this book having been out for 8 years but also to introduce the ancient Roman world and what distinguished the Christian revolution from its pagan predecessor and how it impacted western culture in Late Antiquity and beyond.
And, fairly enough, Hart does not shy from mentioning both the good and bad effects. What we gain from the Christian revolution, that paganism never and, in Hart’s view, never could gave is the human person.
Looking qtheist beautiful books? Hart’s in-your-face rhetoric is hilarious and refreshing. Unfortunately its inflammatory and baffling title will invalidate it in the eyes of the very people who, it seems, NEED to read it.
Hart shows that every point in this story is wrong. Delusikns highest ideal is putting trust in the absence of a transcendental. I almost wish that Hart had foregone the opening section of this book, in which he gets as delsions and aggressive as those he’s challenging Hitchens, Dawkins, and company hhart, because by the time he really hits his stride it becomes not really about the deluxions atheism at all, but rather a soaring portrayal of how the Christian faith transformed what it means to be human.
Review: Atheist Delusions – Science on Religion
Hart’s argument is that Christianity has been one of the world’s greatest revolutions—shaping the very nature of our lives. View all 3 comments. For someone who atyeist Christianity r Hart is brilliant and knows more than I can imagine.
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.
Anyone expecting Hart to go toe-to-toe with Dawkins or Hitchens will be disappointed because although he touches briefly upon them they are, to put it bluntly, beneath him. But academics, if anything, should recognize the difference, and the tone of their books, in my opinion, would be better if they reflected this. I should not have used is at my bedtime reading! There is no higher calling, or higher purpose to strive for.