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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Just reading him elevates your mind and soul. Hart finds laughable the idea that ethical values appear out of sheer reason or mere thinking—instead, they are products of culture. 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.
Aug 16, [Name Redacted] marked it as to-read Shelves: Sep 27, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Archived from the original on 24 June Popular Religion is a celebration atheistt excellence: Hart attempts to explain the people, history, events, and reasons behind what he sees as Christianity’s rise, achievements, mistakes, and recent decline in the face of materialism and the power struggles of world leaders.
Sure, this book has a particular audience in mind, too. In terms of this specific book, I liked it but have other books I enjoyed more. It’s tragic and comic at the same time, the exercise discarding of Christianity only to seek a delisions type of solace in Wicca or something – an effort that dekusions invariably pierces only skin deep and winds up as a type of ornamentation at best.
While they may exist independently within themselves for awhile, once the animating underlying principle the religious conception of the value of life is no longer seen as credible how long until we slip into entirely new beliefs?
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Will we lose all this in a post-Christian society? If you can read Hart you’ll get a chance to sharpen your arguments against a really good mind. Since I come into the former category, I enormously enjoyed this book, though with my eyes open to its faults. A great revision of Charles Cochrane Norris’s classic on Christianity versus classical ancient philosophy. In the third part, Hart discusses the positive content of Christianity, much of which has already been anticipated.
May 22, Samuel Brown rated it liked it.
As I’ve mentioned before, this idea is embodied in the Islamic concept of fitra, and ones lifelong struggle to act in accordance with it. Definitely worth the read, but also definitely disappointing, especially after such a fun start to the book. 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.
For Hart’s polemics, I preferred his Experience of God and for Christian history I prefer anything by Peter Brown, but this was a pleasing exploration of what may have been at stake as “paganism” gave way to Christianity, a religion, culture, and philosophy that is now giving way to a kind of post-Christian culture in the global West. 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.
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. After seeing an interview whereby Hart explained he was made to introduce the Title ‘Atheist Delusions’, this didn’t surprise me as it has others. Its simply meaningless impulses acting out within a world itself devoid of meaning. One thing he does particularly entertainingly is torch the pasted-together “spiritualism” of secular modernity, a partly consumerist phenomenon that seeks to put harr bits of old pagan beliefs with a few concepts here and there taken from Buddhism.
I wanted to like this book and did enjoy it as a discussion of Christian history, but as a rebuttal directed towards the so-called “New Atheists”. 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.
Besides if all arguments became academic monographs, who in the masses would actually read them anyway. Now Hart is most certainly not advocating “running away,” and his book is a clear example of cultural engagement. 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” atheost and of itself either.
He lives in Providence, RI. The book is full of scorn and is clearly written, and is self-identified as, a polemic against deluisons modernity. Modernity’s current defenders, and this is the first half of Hart’s book, retell the Western story in a way to demonize Christianity in their defense of modernity.
Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies
Feb 22, John Roberson rated it really liked it. The “New Atheists” are popularizing atheism and directing it towards the masses.
What we gain, then, 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.
I was not expecting normal ‘apologetics’ delsions wasn’t disappointed therefore. But more importantly, this book only covers criticisms directed towards Christian history, which for anyone who has actually read the “New Atheists” would recognize isn’t a significant or read convincing part of their argument anyway.
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To work theories around his cosmology is the source of scientific stagnation rather than progress. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Worse still, the new atheists rely on Christian ethical values in their own morality.
I see that I apparently rated this book before I finished it.