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Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate

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Terry Eagleton’s witty and polemical Reason, Faith, and Revolution is bound to cause a stir among scientists, theologians, people of faith and people of no faith, as well as general readers eager to understand the God Debate. On the one hand, Eagleton demolishes what he calls the “superstitious” view of God held by most atheists and agnostics and offers in its place a revo ...more
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Published April 21st 2009 by Yale University Press
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Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Mark by: Eugene
Terry Eagleton would be a great person with whom to go for a drink initially. He can be erudite, witty and intelligent, he is imaginative, insightful and thought-provoking and over a glass or two it would be fun BUT he would not let you get away with any kind of unsubstaniated or flabby comment, any shabby logic or high-handed holding forth on subjects upon which you know little would be severely dealt with. Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens (or Ditchkins as he calls them) Christian Fundamen ...more
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I knew the "New Atheism" was stupid, a weak echo of the much more interesting atheists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but I've had lingering doubts about my reaction to Dawkins and Hitchens, because I know I must have political, religious and national prejudices that bias my perception of their ideas. So I was thrilled when I realized that Terry Eagleton (who is a Marxist, an atheist and British) has written a book trouncing them. If Terry Eagleton and I both think Dawkins and Hitche ...more
Ben Babcock
I read the first 78 pages of this book so you don’t have to.

I was trying to make it to at least 100, but I’m sorry. The body is willing but the mind is weak.

I added this book to my to-read list after reading The God Delusion; it somehow coming up as a counterpoint to Dawkins’ atheistic arguments. I just went back and re-read my review of that book, and I’m pleased to discover it’s less glowing than I thought it was. My atheist leanings have not diminished, but my enchantment with rationalism has
Al Bità
Jun 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book is based on lectures given at Yale University in 2008. Its intent is to provide 'reflections on the God debate'. The usual suspects (Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and the Enlightenment) are more or less lambasted — or at least their more 'extreme' positions are, but then again so are just about every -ism Eagleton can think of: there will always be some aspect or other which is 'wrong' or 'bad' or even 'evil' — and Christianity (Christianism?) does not escape either.

Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
"The whole question of faith and knowledge, in short, is a good deal more complex than the rationalist suspects." (s.116)

Tähän kompleksiseen kysymykseen Eagleton esittää kiinnostavia näkökulmia tässä Yalen yliopistossa pitämiensä luentojen pohjalta kootussa teoksessa. Pidän Eagletonin konstailemattomasta tyylistä sekä ironiantajusta, joka muuten ilmeisesti joiltakin tuskastuneen negatiivisia arvioita kirjoittaneilta lienee jäänyt kohtalokkaasti havaitsematta...

Radikaali poliittinen ajattelu ja
Leroy Seat
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a most interesting theological/philosophical work by a British professor of English literature who is a Marxist (his latest book is "Why Marx Was Right," 2011) and who purportedly is not a Christian. But in this book he sounds far closer to (real) Christianity than to the so-called "new atheists," whom he severely criticizes."

Here are two of the many noteworthy passages in the book. The first is from the Preface and the second from "Faith and Reason," the third chapter.

“Religion has wrou
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a pretty good book. My primary motivation for reading it was that it positions itself as a critique of Hitchens and Dawkins. On that ground it was successful. The moronic argument that somehow religion is uniquely the cause of evil in the world or unsuited for anything but control of primitive minds has always struck me as absurd. Eagleton does a very good job of making the absurdity of this position apparent, and doing so without the need to justify faith. Essentially he points out that ...more
Jan 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Eagleton is one of the most arrogant writers on the planet. He uses eloquent language to disguise a set of logically flawed and terribly stupid ideas. Don't be fooled into thinking this book has much to do with the god debate. Instead it is a volume of Marxist propaganda that uses Christianity as a platform for justifying extreme socialism. If Eagleton was even half as smart as the authors he childishly attacks in this book he would be able to put his masterful command of the English language to ...more
Philip Cartwright
An excellent, thought-provoking critique of both New Atheism and fundamentalist religion. In particular, it nails the myth that Dawkins, Hitchens et al represent an ideology-free standpoint purely concerned with "the facts". Rather, their position is exposed as being completely enmeshed in (and supportive of) the bloodless, rapacious neo-Positivist philosophy which is wreaking so much havoc and causing so much misery in the world today. This is a witty, intelligent, humane and closely-argued boo ...more
Joel Plotnek
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although published in 2009, this book is a timely polemic on the God debate in light of recent terrorist attacks.  I finished reading the book just as news of Charlie Hebdo was emerging. The so called new atheism that emerged on the heels of the twin towers attack in 2011 is viewed by Eagleton as a liberal humanist myopic response to religion which grossly overlooks the shortcomings of western civilisation's holy cows of humanism, liberalism and capitalism birthed in the Enlightenment. The likes ...more
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Widely regarded as Britain's most influential living literary critic & theorist, Dr Eagleton currently serves as Distinguished Prof. of English Literature at the Univ. of Lancaster & as Visiting Prof. at the Nat'l Univ. of Ireland, Galway. He was Thomas Warton Prof. of English Literature at the Univ. of Oxford ('92-01) & John Edward Taylor Prof. of English Literature at the Univ. of Ma ...more
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