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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.

©2009 David Bentley Hart (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A Conversion Experience.

This book has done much to reset 50 years of misinformation that I have had about Christianity. Contrary to some reviewers, I think the editor was right to add "Atheist Delusions" onto the rest of the title. Having only the "Christian Revolution" part would have sounded like just another mundane book written for Christians. The author does make the case for why it was a revolution, but he also got into the fight against the people who use "The God Delusion" to make their point.
And I'm glad he was a bit snarky at times. The pretensions of modernity need a take-down. And they got it in this book.

I listened to this book three times. You simply can't get it once through. The narrator sounded robotic at first but his pace and enunciation were appropriate to the complexity of content.

A gripe on audio book design: Why can't Audible make its chapters match the book chapters?
This is a confusing UI issue that would be easy to fix.

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Great material, dreadful narration

The material alone makes this worth the listen, which is good because the narration is dreadfully monotonous. Hart brings his characteristic wit and slightly pretentious tone to examine what makes western culture what it is. He argues for more historical and philosophical literacy so that we can at least acknowledge the importance of Christianity on our culture and ourselves, whether or not we believe it.

I highly recommend it, but the narration is just so bad. Maybe buy the actual book and read it if that's an option for you.

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Brilliant, but ...

David Bentley Hart is amazing and erudite, bringing together vast swathes of history and theology to build a coherent and inspiring picture of Early Christianity.

BUT Ralph Morocco reads like Grumpy Siri. I could just barely stand listening to him. Badly needs to be re-produced.

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Choppy but thought provoking

I think there was a bit too much needless polemic in places, and some eye-rolling exaggerations (although I agree with the author in large measure), and places where the author flat-out contradicted himself in the present book and in another of his works, The Experience of God. I disapprove of maintaining those with whom you disagree are illogical, then resorting to illogic yourself simply to make a rhetorical point. There was no need for cheap shots in a book with a premise as important as Hart's. The narrator was a bit boring, too monotone, and mispronounced an annoying number of words that should have been simple to say correctly. Just a little bit better direction, proofing, and reference to a dictionary would have prevented that.

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transformational genius

absolutely wonderful and engaging. a must read for any intellectual person of faith (I would highly recommend this as a graduate student)

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Every thinking person needs to read this

If you have read the likes of Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens, you owe it to yourself (and the world) to also read Atheist Delusions. In it, Bentley Hart uses a wide-ranging review of western church (and other) history to reveal the fundamental shallowness of the Dawkins, Dennett crew. He is, at the same time, critical of the many abuses that have occurred in the name of Christianity and the organized church, but also debunks the arguments of the angry atheists. At the same time, he opens the question of what will come of our society as we slowly devolve away from the Christian ideals that have shaped the west into a society that cares for the poor, the weak, and the outcast.
The narrator is TERRIBLE!! However, if you listen at 1.5 speed, then it isn't so bad.

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I don't believe I have ever heard better writing.

David Bentley Hart has gifted the world with an incredible piece of work here. I highly recommend this book.

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Exceptional!

An exceptional tour of the impact of Christianity on Western culture and how it's history refutes the modern myth of the Enlightenment and the supposed superiority and rationality of today's humanism. Very well written and very well read.

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Long and detailed, but worth the time

I don't remember where I heard about this book, but I'm glad I got it. It's a long book, and at times quite dense, but that's only due to the incredible level of detail that Hart goes into. The book is not a proof of God, but rather a complete repudiation of the Atheist belief that religion, namely Christianity, is to blame for everything bad that has befallen our society; the speed of scientific "progress," the wars of Europe, slavery and many more issues that are covered.

I recommend this book if only to fully understand the brilliant points made in the last chapter. The audiobook got a bit hard to follow at times, due to the complexity of some of the arguments, but it was still a good listen. The narrator is a bit monotonous, take plenty of breaks if you listen on long drives.

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Unfortunate Title for a Great Book

DB Hart's writing is superb as per usual in this description of the cultural revolution of Christianity in the ancient world and the counter-revolution of modernity a millennia and a half later. The context of this cultural/historical essay, as the book's subtitle suggests, is in answer to the "fashionable" band of new atheists like Dawkins and Hitchens who employ an uninformed and wildly distorted picture of Christianity and its history in their arguments. The title, therefore, misses the mark in communicating what this book is; it is not a theological, philosophical, or metaphysical apologia for the Faith.

The narrator is utterly intolerable unless you listen at 1.25x at least. He also pronounces some things weird. But overall it's terrific.

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Delusional

I was hoping to get a sensible argument from a theists perspective but instead there was no reasoned thinking or argument, just preaching effectively. Really struggled to get to the end.

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Very poor narrator<br />

It had the worst narrator I have ever heard in my life. I assume it was computer generated. Unable to finish.

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  • 04-05-17

Without doubt the biggest waste of $14 ever.

Such utter drivel, I challenge anyone listening to this audio book to stay awake for more than 10 minutes at a time. I expected great insights, I got a never ending example of eloquent special pleading. Talk about overrated - This is the epitome of overrated.

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History of Christianity

Would you consider the audio edition of Atheist Delusions to be better than the print version?

A lot of the debate leaves out history and the sources are not very good. Otherwise it is well written and humorous in parts.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

No change would have made it more enjoyable.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The speaker did a good job on diffiicult wording

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No it needed time to ponder it.

Any additional comments?

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