Reno Reads Hart

R.R. Reno reviews Hart’s new book here. I have a couple of books I need to finish and get back to the library on time, but I plan to start Hart’s book soon.

Few can match Hart’s ability to wield words, sentences, and whole paragraphs in such a way that any on the wrong end of their long sharp blades stands with belt cut and pants nestled around their ankles.

Here are a few examples to wet the appetite: While Hart has no problem with unbelief in general as an honest agnosticism, of the belligerent atheist he writes:

atheism that consists in vacuous arguments afloat on oceans of historical ignorance, made turbulent by storms of strident self-righteousness, is as contemptible as any other form of dreary fundamentalism.”

In comparing the atheists of yesteryear, those that at least made some attempt to grapple with Christianity, he notes the unbelievably shallow imitators of today.

today’s gadflies seem far lazier, less insightful, less subtle, less refined, more emotional, more ethically complacent, and far more interested in facile simplifications of history than in sober and demanding investigations of what Christianity has been or is.”

But a description that made me laugh out loud was directed toward Dan Brown, he of the conspiracy theorists club as to all things Catholic. I’ve read “The Da Vinci Code” and as I turned each page I could actually feel myself becoming dumber. It was like daytime television translated to page. Here is Hart:

And one hardly need mention the extraordinary sales achieved by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, already a major film and surely the most lucrative novel ever written by a borderline illiterate.”

Yes, one enjoys Hart almost as a sinful pleasure, but like a nice wine enjoy him we should.

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2 Responses to Reno Reads Hart

  1. Eric Lee says:

    Yeah, that looks like a fantastic read. I’ll definitely be checking out the chapter on faith and reason. Thanks for the head’s up. I had wondered where this publication by Hart went. It was originally going to be called <>The Christian Revolution<> but I think maybe for marketing reasons in the age of all these new atheist polemics they thought a different title might be more eye-catching or something.


  2. Darrell says:

    I believe you are correct. I think the book started out as one idea and was re-worked to address the new atheists. I’m in the middle of the book, and it is very good.


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