Magazine April 20, 2009, Issue

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A man carries books on a stand during the installation of the annual Paris Book Fair March 12, 2009. (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)

David Bentley Hart is one of the most valuable theologians of recent years; his 2003 book The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth is a masterpiece. The title of his latest work, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies (Yale, 253 pp., $28), leads the reader to expect a scathing polemic against Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Christopher Hitchens, and other writers of the same genre. But while the book does provide some strong invective against the New (actually, not so new) Atheists, it has an importance out of proportion to its occasion. Dawkins et

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