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    DescriptionCurrently it is fashionable to be devoutly undevout. Religion's most passionate antagonists - Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and others - have publishers competing eagerly to market their various denunciations of religion, monotheism, Christianity, and Roman Catholicism. But contemporary anti religious polemics are based not only upon profound conceptual confusions but upon facile simplifications of history or even outright historical ignorance: so contends David Bentley Hart in this bold correction of the distortions. One of the most brilliant scholars of religion of our time, Hart provides a powerful antidote to the New Atheists' misrepresentations of the Christian past, bringing into focus the truth about the most radical revolution in Western history.Hart outlines how Christianity transformed the ancient world in ways we may have forgotten: bringing liberation from fatalism, conferring great dignity on human beings, subverting the cruelest aspects of pagan society, and elevating charity above all virtues. 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. Hart closes the book in the present, delineating the ominous consequences of the decline of Christendom in a culture that is built upon its moral and spiritual values.


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    Title
    Atheist Delusions
    Subtitle
    The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Bentley Hart
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 535 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300111903
    ISBN 10: 0300111908
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.4
    BIC subject category V2: HRCC2
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    BIC subject category V2: HRQA5
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 909.09821
    BISAC V2.8: SOC039000, REL067030
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL004000
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVG, QRAX, QRYA5
    Edition
    1
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    21 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "[A] major work by one of the most learned, forceful, and witty Christian theologians currently writing."--Paul J./i>--Paul J. Griffiths"First Things" (08/01/2009)