Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

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By (author) David Bentley Hart

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 25mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 21 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300111908
  • ISBN 13: 9780300111903
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 134,576

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Currently 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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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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""Atheist Delusions" is a history that serves life . . . Hart argues for a brave thesis . . . . With astonishing success, [he] achieves his objective."--;i>The City" "" --Christopher Benson "The City "