Tradition and Apocalypse: An Essay on the Future of Christian Belief by David Bentley Hart (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers interested in the past and future of Christian faith and practice. What’s the Big Takeaway - Tradition is not about looking into the past to find some imaginary line of faith and practice that has never changed, the beauty of tradition is opening new paths and avenues in…

Kenogaia (A Gnostic Tale) by David Bentley Hart (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Readers who enjoy a good story, readers who enjoy books that make them think and especially readers who appreciate a combination of those two things. What is the Big Takeaway - The best theologians write good fiction. And a quote - “Orthodoxy is a humble half-truth exalted to the…

The Dream Child’s Progress and Other Essays by David Bentley Hart

Who Should Read This Book? - Anyone who enjoys reading profound, entertaining and imaginative essays on philosophy, theology, history and even book reviews on obscure books. What’s the Big Takeaway? - I am not sure there is one takeaway from a book like this as the essays range in topic far and wide. I suppose…

Did God Send the Coronavirus: Thoughts on God’s Sovereignty

I wrote this article in my April 24 Newsletter. Here is the first part: 1. Did God Send Covid-19?  We have been studying the book of Job for our Thursday night CSF meetings and we are going to be in Job for a while as there are so many things to pick out of that…

#14 – The Beauty of the Infinite by David Bentley Hart (My 100 Favorite Books)

When I read this book, I described it to someone as a symphony where there is more going on then the average listener is getting.  I recall asking my friend who recommended it if he understood what Hart was saying in the first 150 pages.  In those pages, Hart is going deep into philosophy and…

#31 – The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart (My 100 Favorite Books)

How do you picture God?  Who, or what, is God? Whatever people may say they believe, the way people talk about God points to a sort of God who is just a bigger or more powerful version of a human.  This is common between both Christians and atheist.  In common parlance, when God is spoken…

The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart (Review)

Reading a David Bentley Hart book is to pull your chair up to the grown-up table and feast on tasty delicacies you had previously not realized existed.  This is especially true of his latest book in which he argues both atheists and many Christians do not speak about God in the right way.  God, argues Hart,…

Dear Pastor Friends and Other Christians Who Like to Think – You Should Read David Bentley Hart

David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian and philosopher.  His book The Beauty of the Infinite was one of the most difficult, and rewarding, books I have read.  I highly recommend his other works as well. If you are going to start reading Hart, the best book to pick up might be his collection…

Two Book Reviews! (Don’t be that impressed, one of the books is super short!)

After working my way through The Beauty of the Infinite by David Bentley Hart and being incredibly impressed, I sought out more of his books.  He wrote a short book , The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami, on the problem of evil and suffering in light of the 2004 tsunami…