Atheist Delusions

Atheist Delusions

The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

Book - 2009
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In this provocative book one of the most brilliant scholars of religion today dismantles distorted religious "histories" offered up by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and other contemporary critics of religion and advocates of atheism. David Bentley Hart provides a bold correction of the New Atheists's misrepresentations of the Christian past, countering their polemics with a brilliant account of Christianity and its message of human charity as the most revolutionary movement in all of 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.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780300111903
Characteristics: xiv, 253 p. ; 25 cm


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Feb 23, 2018

Lord please forgive Red Dog. Let me point out those who liked his comment, are also people who do not have Jesus' love and no respect for their current leader.

Feb 21, 2018

This book is nothing but illogical trash. Anyone who has researched the history of the bible and Christianity knows that this book is pure fabrication.

Aug 19, 2015

look for:
“A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom” two volumes 1896,
by Andrew Dickson White, the founder of Cornell University.
and . . .
“Imagine There's No Heaven – How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World”
by Mitchell Stephens, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, ISBN-1137002603 . .
and further reading . . .
“Kindness in A Cruel World : the Evolution of Altruism” . . .
by Nigel Barber . . published by Prometheus Books 2004
and. . .
“The Origins of Virtue : Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation”
by Matt Ridley, published by penguin 1998
and . . .
“The Altruism Equation : Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness”
by Lee Alan Dugatkin, published by Princeton U.P. 2006
and . . .
“Primates and Philosophers : How Morality Evolved”
by F.B.M. de Waal, published by Princeton U.P. 2006

Primates and Philosophers . . .
and . . .
reference to the author:
from "Why Evolution Is True" . . .

Apr 01, 2013

While verbose (though no more so than Dawkins or Hitchens), this is well worth reading. Hart provides a robust, carefully reasoned defence of how Western culture and morality - including human traits (such as charity and compassion) that others claim are 'innate' - are the result of the Christianisation of Western Europe 1800 years ago. Hart's dismissive tone can seem harsh, but it matches the tone of those he criticises - while his clear logic and wealth of carefully researched examples explodes many of the favourite myths of atheists and anti-theists.


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