By David Bentley Hart
At the moment it really is stylish to be devoutly undevout. Religion’s so much passionate antagonists--Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and others--have publishers competing eagerly to industry their a variety of denunciations of faith, monotheism, Christianity, and Roman Catholicism. yet modern antireligious polemics are established not just upon profound conceptual confusions yet upon facile simplifications of historical past or perhaps outright old lack of awareness: so contends David Bentley Hart during this daring correction of the distortions. probably the most great students of faith of our time, Hart offers a strong antidote to the hot Atheists’ misrepresentations of the Christian earlier, bringing into concentration the reality concerning the so much radical revolution in Western history.Hart outlines how Christianity remodeled the traditional global in methods we could have forgotten: bringing liberation from fatalism, conferring nice dignity on people, subverting the most harsh elements of pagan society, and raising charity in particular virtues. He then argues that what we time period the "Age of cause" was once in truth the start of the eclipse of reason’s authority as a cultural price. Hart closes the e-book within the current, delineating the ominous outcomes of the decline of Christendom in a tradition that's outfitted upon its ethical and non secular values.
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The Night of Reason 5. The Destruction of the Past 6. The Death and Rebirth of Science 7. Intolerance and Persecution 8. Intolerance and War 9. An Age of Darkness PART THREE: REVOLUTION: THE CHRISTIAN INVENTION OF THE HUMAN 10. The Great Rebellion 11. A Glorious Sadness 12. A Liberating Message 13. The Face of the Faceless 14. The Death and Birth of Worlds 15. Divine Humanity PART FOUR: REACTION AND RETREAT: MODERNITY AND THE ECLIPSE OF THE HUMAN 16. Secularism and Its Victims 17. Sorcerers and Saints Notes Index INTRODUCTION THIS BOOK IS IN NO SENSE an impartial work of history.
Some kill because their faiths explicitly command them to do so, some kill though their faiths explicitly forbid them to do so, and some kill because they have no faith and hence believe all things are permitted to them. Polytheists, monotheists, and atheists kill—indeed, this last class is especially prolifically homicidal, if the evidence of the twentieth century is to be consulted. Men kill for their gods, or for their God, or because there is no God and the destiny of humanity must be shaped by gigantic exertions of human will.
What follows is not a history at all, really, if by that one means a minutely exhaustive, sequential chronicle of social, political, and economic events. In large part, this is because I simply lack many of the special skills required of genuinely proficient historians and am acutely conscious of how much my efforts in that direction would suffer by comparison to their work. What I have written is an extended meditation upon certain facts of history, and no more. Its arrangement is largely thematic rather than chronological, and it does not pretend to address most of the more contentious debates in modern historical scholarship regarding the early church (except where necessary).
Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart