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Atheist Delusions
by David Bentley Hart, Yale University Press, 2010, 272 pages,
$17.00 (paperback), ISBN-13: 978-0-300-164299

This book is subtitled “The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies,” and in the flyleaf the author says “Currently it is fashionable to be devoutly undevout.” We have had a number of articles in this journal over the past twelve months dealing with the ignorance shown in atheist attacks on God and on the Bible. Our discussions have been very basic and rooted in science and common sense. This book is rooted in history and philosophy.

Hart shows how Christianity transformed the ancient world and brought dignity and value to humans, freeing mankind from the cruel pagan traditions into which man had fallen. The book is divided into four parts: (1) Faith, Reason, and Freedom; (2) The Mythology of the Secular Age; (3) Revolution: The Christian Invention of the Human; and (4) Reaction and Retreat.

Hart writes strongly and belligerently. His style is like Richard Dawkins, but his message is very different. He accurately attacks the rather weak arguments of modern atheists like Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris. If you are looking for a book that does a pretty good job of demolishing the claims of these and other atheist writers in the field of history and philosophy, you will find this book useful.

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