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David Bentley Hart provides a bold correction of the New Atheists's misrepresentations of the Christian past, countering their polemics with a brilliant account of Christianity and its message of human charity as the most revolutionary movement in all of 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. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Review quote "An unanswerable and frequently hilarious demolition of the shoddy thinking and historical illiteracy of the so-called New Atheists. He writes with clarity and force, and he drives his points home again and again.
He exposes his opponents errors of fact or logic with ruthless precision. Merrick, Scottish Bulletin on Evangelical Theory ". His grim assessment of our cultural moment challenges the hope that 'the Christian revolution' could happen again. After this demolition-job all that is left for them to do is repent and rejoice at the discreditation of their erstwhile selves.
David Hart is one of America's sharpest minds, and this is Hart in full, all guns firing and the band playing on the deck. He lives in Providence, RI. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.
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Atheist Delusions : The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies
The book explores what Hart identifies as historical and popular misconceptions of Christianity 's detractors. Hart explores the role of Christianity and its interactions with other religions, arguing that Christianity differs from religious cults and faiths of the time. He states it has changed, forming the basis of modern culture while dealing with the impact of the gradual decline that began with the separation of Church and state , as well as the age of war that he says resulted. Hart attempts to explain the people, history, events, and reasons behind what he sees as Christianity's rise, achievements, mistakes, and recent decline in the face of materialism and the power struggles of world leaders. Additionally, he aims to debunk what he says are popular historical myths used to attack Christianity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Book by David Bentley Hart.
Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies
They criticize the immoral effects of Christianity from an anti-cruelty, pro-freedom, pro-Enlightenment perspective. They paint a historical picture of the scientifically advanced civilizations of the ancient Greeks and Romans, reasonably adorned with an easygoing polytheism. That admirable world was ruined, they explain, by the repressive disruption occasioned by the superstitious belief that there is only one, true, personal God. The modern Enlightenment has actually been a rebellion against the whole truth about our natures, about who we are, and about the true source of our freedom and dignity.