Archives For David Bentley Hart


Or So I Like to Think:
The Great Talk of
David Bentley Hart


The Hidden and the Manifest:
Essays in Theology and Metaphysics

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2017
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The Dream-Child’s Progress And Other Essays

Paperback: Angelico Press, 2017
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Essay by Martyn Wendell Jones


*** This essay first appeared in our Fall 2017 magazine issue.
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There are few things as pleasing to me as the great garrulous tradition in American literature. Our country’s abundance of grandly verbose storytellers represents the best of our cultural inheritance. Think of Melville, the wild and abyssal “thought-diver,” author of one of the world’s greatest stories of maritime and metaphysical adventure; think too of Whitman, irrepressible and expansive and democratic, who shed tears at the death of Lincoln—“O Captain!”; then there is Twain, whose creation Huckleberry sees his raft go “all to smash and scatteration,” which the critic Michael Schmidt identifies as evidence of a thrill for great speech.

Since our nation’s founding, we have been a polemical people; Gilbert Seldes’s The Stammering Century, American to its core, is a record of people of the 19th century, some of real eminence, giving themselves over to various utopianisms and cultic enthusiasms—the snake oil pitches and True Enlightenment hustles mixing with earnest seeking after the God-of-backwoods-revival. Our nation’s complete spiritual history and profile would show us to be strivers after the ineffable by way of quite a lot of declaiming.

Numbered among our country’s current generation of great talkers would certainly be the Eastern Orthodox philosopher-theologian David Bentley Hart, whose two recent essay collections attest to his capacity for a great speechifying all his own.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 and 2015

Wendell Berry


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David Bentley Hart


We are Meant to Play and Create

An Interview with David Bentley Hart,
Author of The Experience of God
(Yale UP, 2013)

by Todd Edmondson

Since his first book-length publication, 2003’s The Beauty of the Infinite, David Bentley Hart has established himself as one of the most exciting and eloquent voices in Christian thought. His subsequent books have explored a diverse set of concerns, and each new, eagerly anticipated release invites readers to engage more deeply with matters of faith as well as the cultural streams in which we live and move. Following the publication of his most recent work, The Experience of God, Mr. Hart was gracious enough to participate in a conversation, via email, about his work. What follows is a transcription of that conversation.

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David Bentley Hart - The Devil and Pierre GernetThe Elusive Nature of Happiness

A Review of

The Devil and Pierre Gernet: Stories.

David Bentley Hart

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2012.
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Reviewed by Todd Edmondson

In a world of academic specialists, David Bentley Hart is something of an outlier. With each publication, this Christian intellectual of the highest order has revealed a capacity to excel at a number of different genres within the field of theology. The Beauty of the Infinite, a stunning “aesthetics of Christian truth” signaled Hart’s arrival as a brilliant systematic thinker. Hart further demonstrated his erudition and eloquence in the theodicy The Doors of the Sea, the sweeping Illustrated History of Christianity, and his more recent polemic against “new atheism,” Atheist Delusions, as well as in a number of columns and reviews published in a variety of journals over the past decade. Hart’s writings consistently challenge and inspire his readers toward difficult but rewarding examinations of Christian orthodoxy. Those readers, myself included, were understandably enthusiastic about the release of The Devil and Pierre Gernet, Hart’s first published collection of fiction.

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