…who runs a website called “History for Atheists” wherein he struggles to cut through the jungle of simple-minded claptrap about the Christian tradition that is the bread-and-butter of Internet Atheism.
Tom Holland is likewise an unbeliever who has written one helluva good book called DOMINION: HOW THE CHRISTIAN REVOLUTION REMADE THE WORLD. His thesis is that Christianity is, without any possible comparison, the most revolutionary force in history and is so successful that it is impossible even for its critics to critique it without embracing–often unconsciously–some of its most fundamental assumptions. He presents an overwhelmingly powerful case for that in his book and, along the way, takes us on a fascinating ride through the past 2500 years in cracklingly readable prose.
For those driven by a compulsive, reflexive need to ceaselessly attack the Christian tradition at every possible turn, relax. Neither Holland or O’Neill are, obviously, driven by any apologetic needs and are quite as capable of finding fault with the tradition as of praising it. At the same time, they also are secure enough not to feel threatened by the fact that they understand the enormous debt our civilization owes the Christian tradition.
Earlier this year, O’Neill interviewed Holland (not to be confused with Spiderman) and it was a fascinating conversation. Check it out:
O’Neill’s review of DOMINION can be found here.