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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In the final chapter Hart rightly asks, if we lose Christianity, why should we retain, as many atheists simply assume we will, these good things? To atheit theories around his cosmology is the source of scientific stagnation rather than progress.

Hart can be pretty acerbic at times, but if you’re an atheist, I would really recommend this book. But, he does it atheistt not glossing over human failings, Christian failings, and the institutional church’s failings. And he does this without glossing over various failures and problems in the story as well. Since I come into the former category, I enormously enjoyed this book, though with my eyes open to its faults.

There were sections where I felt he drlusions too zealous in making his point and also a few legitimate contradictions I found specifically regarding the destruction hary the Great Library of Alexandria but nonetheless I considered it to be an admirable and edifying exercise. Retrieved 19 May The book contains argument, but does not always point to specifics leading the reader towards assumed common understood historical facts.

Its freedom is nihilistic. This is discussed in chapters 16 and Sure, this book has a particular audience in mind, too. There is some really useful historical work in this book as well, countering some of the more common claims that Christianity generally introduced anti-intellectualism, tyranny, and the mistreatment of women and slaves into the world. Maybe all parties can at least agree that it’s refreshing to hartt an broad interest in such important questions.


My problem is that in many cases Hart takes for granted familiarity with the arguments made by the opponents—the book reads a bit like a dissenting opinion, when I haven’t read the majority. Some might consider this more a curse than a blessing. What we gain from the Christian revolution, that paganism never and, in Hart’s view, never could gave is the human person.

And since the will itself is being exercised by a being us that has been stripped of any divine or infinite value, then it is not “anything” in and of itself either. Nonetheless, this choice is too bad, because I suspect that some of his judgements regarding Late Antiquity would be challenged by depusions scholars not just Ramsey MacMullen, whose misuse of evidence Hart takes on with full force.

Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

Our conception of reality is nothing acting upon a vast canvas of nothingness, simply the will being pulled this way and that at any given moment. He makes some interesting and no delusios valid points including that the witch hunts were not nearly as bad as is imagined and that the church actually tended to suppress them rather encourage them; he takes on the myth that Galileo was depusions and unfairly persecuted by scientifically illiterate and even anti-science churchmen, and so forth.

He lives in Providence, RI. 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.

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Hart’s argument is that Christianity has been one of the world’s greatest revolutions—shaping the very atheeist of our lives. Sep 27, Matt Escott rated it it was amazing Shelves: He easily and casually dismisses them in the first few chapters in atbeist to set up his main task: Still, a useful book and a more entertaining read. By contrast, Christianity, according to Hart, introduced the unnatural, absurd, and almost self-evidently false idea that all people are equal.

In other words, the belief that the power to do something means one knows 1 what one is doing, 2 whether one should do it, and 3 whether other truths should take priority over this power.


Indeed, atheiist of us don’t actually manage to fully live like this and many of us are either still believers in God in some manner or otherwise we find distractions pursuit of wealth, nationalism to fill the cavernous void that the public demise of religion has opened up.

Hart closes the book in the present, delineating the ominous consequences of the decline of Christendom athfist a culture that is built upon its moral and spiritual values.

The book ends with a reminder of the Desert Fathers who, at Christianity’s alleged ‘triumph’, retreated from 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.

Oct 22, Murtaza rated it really liked it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the only thing I would have wanted was for him to reference more, but from the outset he states it isn’t his intention to do so. Hxrt, this is all too brief a summary, for Hart covers other issues in the history of Christianity and science, as well as book burnings, religious wars, religious intolerance, and a variety of other popular misconceptions.

Review: Atheist Delusions – Science on Religion

Hart claims the Christian faith represented a revolution in the story of humanity ix. Needless to say this popular understanding is not really true; more of a legend we have concocted to glorify ourselves in the present. Aug 04, Jacob Aitken rated it liked it. We have refined our ability to be cruel to one another past anything we’ve ever seen.

To make matters worse, the history reads of Western nepotism Centrism would work here too although I like the negative implications, biases and all implied by nepotism.