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A brilliant debunking of atheist mythology,
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This review is from: Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies (Hardcover)
This book is an in-depth exploration of the bad history, as well as the misconceptions and ignorance about what it is people believe, that is so often used to attack religion. Written by well known American University lecturer, philosopher, and theologian, Professor David Hart, Atheist Delusions tackles such contentious moments in history as Galileo's trial and the witch hunts, explaining history and faith without resorting to popular misinformation or rhetoric, his history strong, verifiable, even-handed, and matter-of-fact, his arguments giving plenty of room for you to make up your own mind, something totally lacking from the populist rants of New Atheism's most virulent supporters, who tend to assume, if not demand, that you agree with their every view, regardless of how extreme or defamatory.
Professor Hart does not take not the opposite stance of defender railing against atheism itself, but instead attacks idealistic fanaticism on both sides, confessing that there are many denominations of Christianity that he vehemently dislikes, as well as many outspoken atheists he admires, warning against the angry and destructive creed of aggressive 'New Atheism', as well as challenging those who attack Christianity and other faiths without any idea of what they are about and the bad logic that they often use.
Though I wish it this book could have been a little stronger, and maybe a little less wordy in the introduction, this is a very good book for anyone who has already experienced much of the debate and despairs of the simplistic and pedantic nature of many current arguments, and is a timely warning not to take history's headlines at face value.
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2010 22:24:16 GMT
Is this book suggesting that there isn't a god?
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2010 11:36:16 BDT
J Wesley says:
The book is not suggesting there isn't a God. It in fact reinforces Christianity.
You can view it as an apologetics book - using reason and evidence to back up the arguments - but it approaches apologetics from a very different angle to other writers today by focussing solely on history and how Christianity has influenced our very core beliefs (even those who are atheistic).
Prof Hart also has some of the greatest grasp of English that I've ever read.
Posted on 8 Sep 2010 10:15:36 BDT
Good review! When I get time I might read this book, the subject matter interests me, and your review has helped sway me towards buying it.
Posted on 17 Jun 2012 08:49:44 BDT
Mr. G. Lawrence says:
There is no such thing as "atheist mythology".
Posted on 13 Jul 2013 22:49:21 BDT
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Posted on 22 Jul 2013 12:17:44 BDT
A lot of atheist mythology was invented by Prostestants to try to put Catholicism in a bad light.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2014 07:55:16 BDT
Mr. A. J. D. Wightman says:
Here are a few atheist myths:
* Galileo was tortured;
* The Middle Ages persecuted witches and believed in a flat earth;
* No atheist regime has blood on its hands;
* No scientific or technological advances occurred in Medieval Europe because of the Church;
* Giordano Bruno was burned for his belief in the plurality of worlds;
* All Christian beliefs have pagan antecedents;
* All wars are religious in origin;
* Modern morality owes more to the Enlightenment than Christianity;
* All Christianity turned against Darwin;
* Science is intrinsically atheist
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