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Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

David Bentley Hart

Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

David Bentley Hart

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Currently it is fashionable to be devoutly undevout. Religion's most passionate antagonists - Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and others - have publishers competing eagerly to market their various denunciations of religion, monotheism, Christianity, and Roman Catholicism. But contemporary antireligious polemics are based not only upon profound conceptual confusions but upon facile simplifications of history or even outright historical ignorance: so contends David Bentley Hart in this bold correction of the distortions. One of the most brilliant scholars of religion of our time, Hart provides a powerful antidote to the New Atheists' misrepresentations of the Christian past, bringing into focus the truth about the most radical revolution in 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.



"With impressive erudition and polemical panache, David Hart smites hip and thigh the peddlers of a 'new atheism' that recycles hoary arguments from the past. His grim assessment of our cultural moment challenges the hope that 'the Christian revolution' could happen again." - Richard John Neuhaus, former editor in chief of First Things.

- Publisher

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About "Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies"

Currently it is fashionable to be devoutly undevout. Religion's most passionate antagonists - Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and others - have publishers competing eagerly to market their various denunciations of religion, monotheism, Christianity, and Roman Catholicism. But contemporary antireligious polemics are based not only upon profound conceptual confusions but upon facile simplifications of history or even outright historical ignorance: so contends David Bentley Hart in this bold correction of the distortions. One of the most brilliant scholars of religion of our time, Hart provides a powerful antidote to the New Atheists' misrepresentations of the Christian past, bringing into focus the truth about the most radical revolution in 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.



"With impressive erudition and polemical panache, David Hart smites hip and thigh the peddlers of a 'new atheism' that recycles hoary arguments from the past. His grim assessment of our cultural moment challenges the hope that 'the Christian revolution' could happen again." - Richard John Neuhaus, former editor in chief of First Things.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

David Bentley Hart

.Dr. David Bentley Hart PhD., currently holds the Robert J. Randall Chair in Christian Culture at Providence College. Dr. Hart is the author of numerous theological essays and books, many of which discuss issues related to divine immutability and human suffering. He is best known for his The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth (Eerdmans, 2003), and The Doors of the Sea: Where was God in the Tsunami? (Eerdmans, 2005).

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  • Catalogue Code 303370
  • Product Code 9780300164299
  • ISBN 0300164297
  • EAN 9780300164299
  • Pages 272
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Yale University Press
  • Publication Date Feb 2010
  • Sales Rank #11043
  • Dimensions 234 x 158 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.399kg

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