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4.0 out of 5 stars Atheism is by no means as easy as it looks
As an avid reader of religion and philosophy, I was intrigued by Terry Eagleton's decision to enter the "God Debate". As someone who wrote 'Why Marx Was Right', his defense of religion is a bit unexpected, but also great evidence of his point that "the Almighty has proved remarkably difficult to dispose of."

'Culture and the Death of God' is a dense academic...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much tedious and esoteric verbiage used to get to his point
I gave up after getting halfway through it. A very difficult read. I read college textbooks that were easier to comprehend. Too much tedious and esoteric verbiage used to get to his point. Mind numbing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Atheism is by no means as easy as it looks, April 29, 2014
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This review is from: Culture and the Death of God (Hardcover)
As an avid reader of religion and philosophy, I was intrigued by Terry Eagleton's decision to enter the "God Debate". As someone who wrote 'Why Marx Was Right', his defense of religion is a bit unexpected, but also great evidence of his point that "the Almighty has proved remarkably difficult to dispose of."

'Culture and the Death of God' is a dense academic text that reviews the last three centuries in which one intellectual movement after another has denied the existence of God only to pursue the divine elsewhere. The irony fuels Eagleton in this cunning exploration of Western religious culture, which I enjoyed quite a lot, although it was quite a challenge. From science to art, Eagleton seems pessimistic that we will find a satisfying alternative to God and remains sympathetic to religion as a basically decent expression of core human dilemmas and values, corrupted as institutions may be.

There are many Westerners questioning the merits of secular society right now and the revival in the philosophy of religion has brought a lot of groundbreaking work! Readers of this book would also like the collection of essays found in Reasoned Faith: Essays in Philosophical Theology in Honor of Norman Kretzmann.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, September 16, 2014
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Harrowing ride through the last two centuries of Western thought as Eagleton unpacks the multiple levels of unbelief in religion and skewers so many from the Enlightenment onward with their own bad faith in finding substitutes for God without acknowledging what they were really doing. The uncompromising atheism of Nietzsche stands in contrast to so many others who saw in culture a substitute for religion. Eagleton may not himself be a beliver, but he "gets" the raw and paradoxical call of Christianity which is so unlike the religion rejected in the West. His analysis of the emptiness and pretensions of both postmodernism and contemporary capitalism are withering. A fascinating book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read :), November 24, 2014
This is a most wonderful analysis of the Enlightenment and its consequences and successors. Curiously, Eagleton seems to have omitted feminism and womankind from his list of candidates to fill the god-shaped hole left by the Enlightenment.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good take on a fundamental perspective, September 1, 2014
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Satisfying, really. A good take on a fundamental perspective. Culture is rife with deities. It's an art form to organize power.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much tedious and esoteric verbiage used to get to his point, July 11, 2014
This review is from: Culture and the Death of God (Hardcover)
I gave up after getting halfway through it. A very difficult read. I read college textbooks that were easier to comprehend. Too much tedious and esoteric verbiage used to get to his point. Mind numbing.
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Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton (Hardcover - March 25, 2014)
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