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Atheist delusions : the Christian revolution and its fashionable enemies (original 2009; edição 2009)

por David Bentley Hart

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In this provocative book one of the most brilliant scholars of religion today dismantles distorted religious "histories" offered up by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and other contemporary critics of religion and advocates of atheism. 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.… (mais)
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Título:Atheist delusions : the Christian revolution and its fashionable enemies
Autores:David Bentley Hart
Informação:New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009.
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A fairly interesting discussion about Christian history accompanied by an unconvincing and rather incomplete rebuttal of «New Atheism». He snarks well, I suppose, though that undermines a lot of his criticism.
  Tom_L | Dec 14, 2020 |
Beautiful, refreshing and thought-provoking. ( )
  maximilian.aigner | Apr 24, 2020 |
A powerful defence of Christianity and its contribution to civilisation in the face of aggressive atheism which denigrates the religious life in principle. ( )
  georgee53 | May 7, 2018 |
Though there were many points in this book where I had to grit my teeth, this is actually a worthwhile book. I was surprised, to be honest. Hart does wander off the rails a few times, and opens the book with e.g. a kind of "some of my best friends are atheists" comment ("hey, some of my best friends are black/gay/liberal/conservative, but..."), but I found this an easy price to pay to read a very clear, cogent, concise, argument for Christianities fundamental importance in the development of the West as we know it. In face, he makes a very strong case for the argument that without Christianity there would be no liberal, 'advanced', individualistic West at all. In other words, the "New Atheists" have it all wrong, religion -by which Hart means Christianity, and he acknowledges this- isn't anything like "poison."

While I could quibble here or there with his logic, and he does seem to apply a double standard in places, this is worth the read (to repeat myself.) His last chapter, especially, left me thinking hard, especially as it touches on topics I have been thinking and reading about for several years now. E.g. Having developed, or inherited anyway, a society with respect for (and the very concept of, Hart points out!) human rights and individual value, can we "kick the ladder away" and keep the values without keeping the religion?

Hart himself is obviously a "believer", but he most sidesteps -whether you like it or not- issues such as whether the truth of God/Christ/etc. matters... mostly, I think, because he really does believe and so that is not really something he is going to discuss. But there are points where he does seem to brush up against a Pascal-ian, utilitarian argument for believing... ( )
  dcunning11235 | Oct 17, 2016 |
Excellent. Detailed. Makes the case that Terry Eagleton, John Haught, and others have made, that scientistic atheism takes for granted the Christian ethical moral and social heritage. Bracing. A great revision of Charles Cochrane Norris's classic on Christianity versus classical ancient philosophy. Readable polemic persuasive to me. ( )
  ted_newell | Jun 20, 2015 |
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[W]hile the book does provide some strong invective against the New (actually, not so new) Atheists, it has an importance out of proportion to its occasion. Dawkins et al. are like the irritant that prompts the secretion of a pearl.

What Hart does in this book is set forth a sweeping, and convincing, counternarrative to the story of Western civilization told by the atheist propagandists. Far from being an obscurantist obstacle to human fulfillment, he writes, Christianity actually invented the idea of humanity as we understand it today. . . .

The sadness of pagan antiquity — of a fixed, closed, tragic world order — gave way to a world in which the lowest could be liberated into a joyful communion with God. Pope John Paul II loved to quote from a particular Vatican II document the assertion that Christ did not just reveal God to man, but “reveals man to man”; Hart’s book is a profound essay on this theme, and the revolution wrought in history by this new understanding of intrinsic human dignity.
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In this provocative book one of the most brilliant scholars of religion today dismantles distorted religious "histories" offered up by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and other contemporary critics of religion and advocates of atheism. 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.

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