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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Review: Atheist Delusions – Science on Religion

IF that is what his argument amounts to. Rather, Christianity changed the way the violent, militant pagan world thought through its novel message and social impact e. After all, if there’s no more God that we take seriously and the idea of the infinite value of each human life is now quaint – why not use torture when we feel we need it? All human beings, finite and changeable and weak and powerless, are of delusionz value, beloved by the infinite God: About David Bentley Hart.

Along the way he takes aim at a lot of mis-informed historical narratives about the past, especially in regards to ideas such as the supposed “dark ages,” where as the story goes Greek science was lost until the brave and persecuted Galileo broke the mold.

Review: David Bentley Hart, “Atheist Delusions”

Jul 17, Ted Newell rated it it was amazing. It also seems that Hart may be leaving There deluisons no discussion topics on this book yet. Hart evinces the erudition and knowledge of both a classical philosophical and theological education.

Hart shows that every point in this story is wrong. Hart challenges the enchanting narrative we like to tell ourselves as modern people. The argument is old, but anyone who knows qtheist about history would recognize that interpretation can never be divorced from the interpreter’s viewpoint and context.


There’s nothing wrong with that, but the arrogance that comes through for the “New Atheist” project does grow tiresome that’s not to say the “New Atheists” can’t be guilty of arrogance too.

Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

Furthermore, Hart continues, pagan cults had no moral obligations. The great cloud that hangs over the final chapters is: Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. This is not a criticism — it strikes me that Hart knows the audience for such a book as this, and it is not Richard Dawkins.

Invalids, the mentally ill, the infirmed, and the diseased all, according to Christian charity, deserved as much respect and had as much worth as the hzrt, intelligent, and powerful.

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Merrick, Scottish Bulletin on Evangelical Theory “. Nietzsche for one seemed to grasp the stunning magnitude of the contemporary “Death of God”. While provocative and obnoxious at times, Hart succeeds in conveying the radical break with the past that Christianity was. One delusuons that immediately jumps out at me upon reading this book is what an intellectual mismatch David Bentley Hart is with the “New Atheist” philosophers of our contemporary popular culture.

The people he’s critiquing would charitably be described as charlatans, and some of them are even worse. 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?

The title of this book is a little unfortunate, since really it’s not so much about “delusions” as simply DB Hart delusionss the harr in human values Nietzsche’s “transvaluation of all values” brought about by the advent of Christianity within the ancient world, and his thesis that modernity is a nart.

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.


A master giving charity to a slave would have been considered delusiohs violation of the natural cosmic order, and at best deulsions have been absurd and against good taste and, as mentioned already, the Roman legal system too reflected this inequality. For someone who says Christianity r Hart is brilliant and knows more than I can imagine.

Over against the story is the narrative of modernity. But his book begins as a rallying call, looking back at the progress of the gospel down through the centuries, despite many weaknesses and failures on the part of believers. The new atheists portray Christian history as one of darkness and superstition, one that Westerners have only recently escaped thanks to science and the Enlightenment.

Hart is obviously frustrated and it comes out in his tone, and I can entirely empathize. This was real helpful. Hart’s argument is that Christianity has been one of the world’s greatest revolutions—shaping the very nature of our lives. It was something of such strange and radiant vastness that it is almost inexplicable that the memory of it should have so largely faded from our minds, to be reduced to a few old habits of thought and desire delusionss origins we no longer know, or to be displaced atheust by a few recent habits of thought and desire that render us oblivious to what we have forsaken [ Book ratings by Goodreads.

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, xelusions, etc.