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.
|Published (Last):||16 June 2014|
|PDF File Size:||11.55 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||20.44 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Review: David Bentley Hart, “Atheist Delusions”
Unfortunately, his derisive wit will probably turn off New Atheist sympathizers before he can say anything of substance, and he’s not able to spend much atheis on the subject of what an intellectually serious detractor of Christianity might say. Hart also responds to objections such as: This new athsist called for exclusive demand and change of one’s passions, views of God, and obligations towards one’s neighbor.
Dec 05, David Robertson rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s extremely hard to tie historical events such as holocausts to just the effects of either deluslons given religious or ethical system, a culture, a political structure, etc Retrieved 24 June The history was interesting harf if it was not why I picked up the book in the first place. Needless to say this popular understanding is not really true; more of a legend we have concocted to glorify ourselves in the present.
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.
Review: David Bentley Hart, “Atheist Delusions” | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
Overall this book is not really a defense of Christianity as a shattering of the modern myth ayheist retelling of the story. Oct 02, William rated it liked it.
Besides if all arguments became academic monographs, who in the masses would actually read them anyway. Hart, of course, refers here to science.
Unfortunately its inflammatory and baffling title will invalidate it in the eyes of the very people who, it seems, NEED to read it. He mocks them, harasses atheidt, and generally has a great time of showing how their history and reasoning and logic are about as complex and meaningful as a six year old on a playground.
Now that we have more or less discarded Christianity in the West, what solid basis will we have for continuing to carry these ideas into the future? While it’s absolutely true that the Lord may have His people in a period of decline, and the scenery may change significantly as this occurs, this retreatist mentality is exactly what got us here in the first place. One strength of the book is that, while Hart an Eastern Orthodox Christian believes in Christianity and the Christian gospel, and thus Christian morality and ethics, he is not triumphalist about certain aspects of the story he tells.
This page was last edited on 6 Aprilat Sep 27, Matt Escott rated it it was amazing Shelves: If Hart is setting up a sort of binary comparison of Christian influences vs. 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.
The thesis is simply that Christianity is the greatest revolution the world has ever seen; that it is, in a sense, the only revolution because it was a quiet revolution from below ; that therefore only Christianity has been capable of truly altering hearts and minds; t I was frustrated with the book in the early pages because it made a lot of assertions without offering evidence.
The book is broadly divided into four parts: 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 strong, intelligent, and powerful.
David Bentley Hart writes in beautiful, erudite, and witty polemic.
Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Nietzsche for one seemed to grasp the stunning magnitude of the contemporary “Death of God”.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Feb 22, John Roberson rated it really liked it. Its highest ideal is putting trust in the absence of a transcendental.
Given the ending, I’m taking back one of those stars. This book is a combination of alternative history, apologetics, and smash-mouth theology.
Some might consider this more a curse than a blessing. Having said all this I don’t want to upend secular modernity; my conservatism leads me to be wary of any type of revolution – even if its a revolution back towards conservatism.