Atheist delusions : the Christian revolution and its fashionable enemies / David Bentley Hart.
By: Hart, David Bentley.Material type: TextPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009Description: xiv, 253 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780300111903 (cloth : alk. paper); 0300111908 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600 | Civilization, Western | Christianity -- InfluenceLOC classification: BR162.3 | .H37 2009
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-249) and index.
Introduction -- Faith, reason, and freedom : a view from the present -- The gospel of unbelief -- The age of freedom -- The mythology of the secular age : modernity's rewriting of the Christian past -- Faith and reason -- The night of reason -- The destruction of the past -- The death and rebirth of science -- Intolerance and persecution -- Intolerance and war -- An age of darkness -- Revolution : the Christian invention of the human -- The great rebellion -- A glorious sadness -- A liberating message -- The face of the faceless -- The death and birth of worlds -- Divine humanity -- Reaction and retreat : modernity and the eclipse of the human -- Secularism and its victims -- Sorcerers and saints.
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. --from publisher desciption
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