-- John Cornwell, Literary Review, 1st May 2009
"...essentially a contra-Dawkins and contra-Hitchens polemic: he conflates the two angry atheists as "Ditchkins" and successfully shreds what they say."
-- Piers Paul Read, Observer, 24th May 2009
"...has an acute ear for the bland complacency and hubristic self-confidence of many contemporary secularists...much to admire here." -- John Cottingham, The Tablet, 30th May 2009
"...interesting things to say about the notion of rationality...the mixed legacy of the Enlightenment, and present-day attitudes towards Islam." -- Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald, 12th June 2009
"...offer(s) an account of Jesus and his teachings which is as good as any outside the ranks of biblical specialists." -- John Saxbee, Church Times, 19th June 2009
"...the inner intellectual and spiritual journey it prompts is arduous and daunting." -- Ruth Gledhill, The Times, 16th May 2009
"His gloriously rude dismissal of postmodernism and...sardonic jabs against the evangelical preachers...are worth the entry price alone." -- George Eaton, Economist, 8th June 2009
"This is sure to ruffle feathers on both sides of the God debate ... Many will, simply, have to read this." -- Bookseller, 23rd January 2009
"effortlessly, and ruthlessly...tears apart Dawkins and Hitchens ... carv[ing] up the militant atheists using their own weapons of reason." -- Jonathan Bartley, Guardian, 4th July 2009
...a radical contribution to what is becoming one of the important issues of our age." -- Good Book Guide, July 2009
Terry Eagleton’s witty and polemical Reason, Faith, and Revolution is bound to cause a stir among scientists, theologians, people of faith and people of no faith, as well as general readers eager to understand the God Debate. On the one hand, Eagleton demolishes what he calls the “superstitious” view of God held by most atheists and agnostics and offers in its place a revolutionary account of the Christian Gospel. On the other hand, he launches a stinging assault on the betrayal of this revolution by institutional Christianity.
There is little joy here, then, either for the anti-God brigade—Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens in particular—nor for many conventional believers. Instead, Eagleton offers his own vibrant account of religion and politics in a book that ranges from the Holy Spirit to the recent history of the Middle East, from Thomas Aquinas to the Twin Towers.