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Culture and the Death of God
on 25 June 2017
Whilst Eagleton's discussion of the difficulty mankind has had with replacing God with another socially cohesive belief system is fascinating, he assumes a lot of prior knowledge from the reader.
Entire chapters are devoted to certain movements, such as idealism and romanticism, with no clear explanation or definition of what these movements actually embodied or how they really differ from one another. If you haven't got a rough idea about these movements or the thinkers who gave them life then you're essentially left trying to work out what's happened after the event...or at least that was my experience as a fully certified dunce.
Things pick up a little when Eagleton's starts letting his punches swing a little more unreservedly in the final chapter, however, although his equating of radical Islamism to Christian fundamentalists in the Bible belt is worth flagging up as completely disingenuous.