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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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This is the behavior of a trivial and confused culture. My other major critique has to be his writing style. And this tragic, retreatist conclusion was the most disappointing. History of Christianity texts Books about atheism Christian apologetic works Criticism of atheism Atheism stubs Christian studies book stubs.


I was going to dismiss this book as annoying polemic until I did a little further research. Refresh and try again.

Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart

nart Unshackled from ethical norms rooted in a firm belief in God reiterated by a church structure we are free to pursue nefarious schemes such as the holocaust, or the purges of Stalin. I am glad he brings these things to light. A fun ride through anti-New Atheist polemics framed as a historical essay on the cultural and atheeist changes associated with the rise of Christianity in the late antique Mediterranean.

In fact, for Hart, Nietzsche sees most clearly the place of Christianity in the West and doesn’t so much discount it, but abhor it.

Rejecting “religion” as an unmitigated evil would lead to the incomprehensible but it seems rapidly approaching condition of looking at the world as one giant playground of biological machines, subject to nothing more than their mutual atheixt collective wills.

Nov 23, Marc rated it liked it. Nov 27, Aeisele rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is broadly divided into four parts: There was no rooting for the underdog, no narrative of redemption and rebirth.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. 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. One strength of the book is that, while Hart an Eastern Orthodox Christian believes in Christianity and the Christian gospel, and thus Christian morality and ethics, he is not triumphalist about certain aspects of the story he tells.


I’m not at any risk of NA conversion, which may be why I wasn’t particularly moved by Hart’s polemics. Overall this book is not really a defense of Christianity as a shattering of the modern myth and retelling of the story. There is no underlying reality, and our modern conception of freedom is simply the freedom of the will to respond to each of its whims without obstruction.

Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

In light of reading Richard Beck’s work on Freud and existential psychology I was often wondering what Hart would make of some this. While it’s absolutely true that the Lord may have His people in a period of athdist, and the scenery may change significantly as this occurs, this retreatist mentality is exactly what got us here in the first place. This is another book that I recently finished after delusoins over a year slowly picking through it.

Hart’s in-your-face rhetoric is hilarious and refreshing. Maybe that’s my limitation rather than Hart’s, but it did hamper my enjoyment of the book. I was frustrated with the book in the early pages because it made a lot of assertions without offering evidence.

Review: David Bentley Hart, “Atheist Delusions”

The book contains argument, but does not always point to specifics leading the reader towards assumed common understood historical facts. However, with that said, I enjoyed the book. Having laid out his argument, Hart proceeds in Part II to dispel some of the stheist popular myths about Christian and more generally Western history. The ‘de jure’ arguments against Christianity based off its historical tradition e.

However, Hart’s thesis is more subtle than that. The eugenics programs of the 20th century provide an obvious example of that, but less obvious may be bioethicists who support the breeding of a slave caste, or aborting those with Down syndrome. Feb 02, Matt Bianco rated it it was amazing Shelves: And, fairly enough, Hart does not shy from mentioning both the good and bad effects.

This book is a combination of alternative history, apologetics, and smash-mouth theology. He does not say that we need a new monastic movement, but that the same high deluslons 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.


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They’re simply not making any serious arguments and it doesn’t seem like they think they even need to. This is too bad, because at times Hart does make reference to the “New Atheists” terrible understanding of philosophy and theology, but he never elaborates on what he means here. Provocations and Laments and The Beauty of the Infinite: Since I come into the former category, I enormously enjoyed this book, though with my eyes open to its faults.

Merrick, Scottish Bulletin on Evangelical Theory “. Hart is an Eastern Orthodox writer and a professor of philosophy and theology.

In the fourth and final part of the book, Hart returns to the modern era and wonders how realistic it is to think that Christian values can be sustained in a post-Christian world. Just a moment while we sign you delusinos to your Goodreads account. It’s always best, as it were, to be able to disagree with the best of an argument.

I came to this website thinking I would find progressive opinions on topics of religion This article related to atheism is a stub. I find Hart one of the most intelligent, persuasive, and creative theologians of the last several decades, even if Afheist not always atheiwt in his audience. This was a thorough atheizt of the standard pop atheist arguments that appeared at the hight of the New Atheist movement, circa This is a book I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in the new atheism -and also where we have come from and were we are going as a society In fact, for Hart, Nietzsche sees most clearly the place of Christianity in the West and doesn’t so much discount it, but abhor it This was a thorough evisceration of the standard pop atheist arguments that appeared at the hight of the New Atheist movement, circa