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 by David Bentley Hart

He finishes by reflecting on the great modernist project, arguing that it is essentially nihilistic in that it believes in nothing greater than itself, and holds the freedom to act in whatever way the person or institution conceives of as the highest good. Hart then argues as follows: The fat middle of this book is where the thesis is really developed.

May 04, Toby rated it liked it. While it doesn’t quite reach shrill, his tone is far more tragic as the pages go on. Book ratings by Goodreads.

Worse still, the new atheists rely on Christian ethical values in their own morality. On the flip side, the book ends rather bland. Some points he makes are unsubstantiated or over-generalisations, sometimes he merely re-describes history rather than countering factual attheist. Apr 25, Tim rated it really liked it. This casts the pitch of biblical anthropology an octave higher than the glorious truth that we are made in God’s image Gen 1 — God has partaken of our nature.

He says that Christianity gave culture the ideas that charity is the greatest virtue and that all people are created equal, and then created institutions such as hospitals and hsrt to put these values into action. I’m not at any risk of NA conversion, which may be why I wasn’t particularly moved by Hart’s polemics. Nietzsche for one seemed to grasp the stunning magnitude of the contemporary “Death of Atueist. The book ends with a reminder of the Desert Fathers who, at Christianity’s alleged ‘triumph’, retreated athest the institutional church into the wild to seek to live out pure prayer, perfect charity, and purity of heart, to gaze upon God and the world with the luminous eye.


Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

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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. Quotes from Atheist Delusions May this book enjoy many printings.

But atheism that consists entirely in vacuous arguments afloat on oceans of historical ignorance, made turbulent by storms of strident self-righteousness, is as contemptible as any other form of dreary fundamentalism.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but the arrogance that comes through for the “New Atheist” project does grow tiresome that’s not to say the “New Atheists” can’t be guilty of arrogance too.

This book drips with contempt e. For Hart, the 20th century showed that the secular state knows no limits to murder and destruction. It seems many of the negative reviews take issue with Hart’s “bias” towards Christianity and his intellectual “elitism,” but I found him rather exciting and fun and can excuse his leaning in the direction toward where he believes he’s found truth in his studies.

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

Now Hart is most certainly not advocating “running away,” and his dslusions is a clear example of cultural engagement. He does not say that we need a new monastic movement, but that the same high impulse that drove many of the Desert Fathers setting aside the human failings of certain members of the movement, of which Hart is aware might inspire us to find ways to live with Gospel witness and courage on the fringes of post-Christendom.

Since I come into the former category, I enormously enjoyed this book, though with my eyes open to its faults. It takes me a while to read a Hart book because I have to stop edlusions almost every other line and marvel at I came to this book mostly because drlusions 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.

However, with that said, I enjoyed the book. This page was last edited on 6 Aprilat atneist Instead I find a “review” which is actually just a fawning endorsement of a book which seems to be just a giant screed of “Religion is awesome, science sucks.


He corrects the tired and largely historically inaccurate portrayals of the history of Christendom while still allowing that terrible things have been done in Christ’s name, much as terrible things have de,usions done for an almost infinite number of reasons.

The eugenics programs of the 20th century provide an obvious example of that, but less obvious may be bioethicists who support the breeding of de,usions slave caste, or aborting those with Down syndrome.

Nietzsche, Celsus but no one in the past centur It’s just unfair, really — four adorably shallow “public intellectuals” Harris, Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett with zero wtheist training versus harf of the most learned human beings on the planet.

He loves each of us. This book is a combination of alternative history, apologetics, and smash-mouth theology. The people he’s critiquing would charitably be described as charlatans, and some of them are even worse. 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.

But when it comes to the present, Hart fails to see the same possibilities, the haart gospel leaven at work, and one gets the sense that Hart is something of a romantic, looking back in longing for the old days and rather bewildered by the modern world he faces. It takes me a while to read a Hart book because I have to stop after almost every other line and marvel at its compelling sophistication and insight. Hart, of course, refers here to science.

Provocations and Laments and The Beauty of the Infinite: This was real helpful. Nov 14, Daniel Wright rated it really liked it Shelves: Hart exposes the logical and historical errors pervasive to modern atheism and modernism in general, and reaffirms the heart of Christianity and the new humanity it created. In light of reading Richard Beck’s work on Freud and existential psychology I was often wondering what Hart would make of some this.

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