Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies Hardcover – 17 Apr 2009
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"...another blistering assault on the crass ignorance of the New Atheists when it comes to matters religious and theological."
-- John Saxbee, Church Times, 19th June 2009
About the Author
David Bentley Hart is visiting professor, Theology Department, Providence College, and author of several books, including In the 'Aftermath: Provocations and Laments' and 'The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth'.
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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.
It is a careful review of certain parts of the history of Christianity aimed entirely at correcting areas of ignorance and misunderstanding about Christianity that are very popular or common today. The writer points out that one of his reasons for writing is that these misconceptions and misunderstandings are often seized upon -or indeed invented by- the "new atheists" as reasons to discredit Christianity, often in the most strident terms.
Thus if you thought that the ancient Greek and Roman world was bustling with scientific vigour and enquiry until the Christian church stifled it- read the facts and you will find you are very much mistaken. If you thought that the "wars of religion" in the 1600s arose as the result of violence between Christian persuasions- read this to find out why you are wrong and see how they were in fact, secular in origin.
The writer in no way actually makes a case out for or against Christianity per se, and he clearly states that it is not his intention to do so. He is good at pointing out the limitations of inference that one can draw from the factual material he cites which makes a refreshing change from some writers in this area. The book is easy enough to read and helps clear up a lot of lazy thinking about the last 2000 years.
If you are a Christian it will probably give you a better knowledge of the past of your own church unless you are well read already.
If you are not a believer read it anyway for the sake of integrity, so that you at least know the historical truth behind Christianity, not the rubbish that people like Hitchens churn out.Read more ›
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I'd read Hart before and found him both brilliant and obnoxious. This book is different, beautifully witty, highly rhetorical but eye opening. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard James
Whether you are a person of faith or not, this book will inform and challenge your view of the Ancient, Christian and post-Christian worlds.Published 18 months ago by Ian Watkins
Cogent, well-argued, and far-reaching, this book is self-confessedly an apologia but it does monumental work in redressing teh balance of discourse on Christainity's influence on... Read morePublished 19 months ago by S M D'Evelyn
Impressive and very thorough, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the true story of the change Christianity brought about when it replaced the Roman and Hellenistic... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Torsten Rudd
Very entertaining. Intelligent arguments well set out without the slightest hint of religious rhetoric. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Vilnak
Hart's historical essay is an excellent and refreshingly academic contribution to the God debate. He makes some very insightful remarks on the foundations of the scientific,... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by Simon Jones
The book is presented at a high academic level and uses "academic" language, with a degree level education I had to use a good dictionary. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by DCnotAC
see T Deegan's review....it says everything I would about this book. It is written well and easy to read - I have used it for an essay for a BA in Biblical Studies and found it... Read morePublished on 19 July 2013 by Lyn Kenny
Hart writes with an angry style, but he has some very interesting perspectives on how Christianity has been presented over recent years.Published on 27 Feb. 2013 by mark