Terry Eagleton is many things, all of which converge into intelligent passion and a command of thinking beyond ideological comfort zones. He is a Marxist literary critic and political commentator with hugely respectful engagement with the revolutionary claims of Christian faith. He can be variously puckish, flamboyant, outrageous and erudite—or better, all of these at the same time.
In Reason, Faith, and Revolution, he presents four of his Terry Lectures at Yale that constitute a frolicking commentary on the assault that Richard Daw kins and Christopher Hitchens have mounted against religion. He takes Dawkins and Hitchens together and mockingly refers to them as “Ditchkins.” It is clear that Eagleton had a fine time presenting his case at Yale, and no doubt his listeners had great fun along with him.