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David Bentley Hart in one Sentence

Earlier today one of my housemates saw my copy of David Bentley Hart’s The Beauty of the Infinite lying on the table where I was reading, and after looking through it briefly asked me, “So, what’s his main point in this book?”

I responded without hesitation:  “Christianity is awesome and beautiful and everything else sucks.”

7 Comments

  1. Hill wrote:

    So much Hart hate. He might be a bit caustic at times, but he’s brilliant and that book is incredible.

    Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 6:59 pm | Permalink
  2. Halden wrote:

    I’ve actually come to love Hart after getting really pissed off the first time through the book. It is amazing.

    Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 8:13 pm | Permalink
  3. Hill wrote:

    I definitely understand where you are coming from. After going through a similar process with Milbank, it didn’t take me long to warm up to heart. I’m at the point where I can’t read more than 5 or 6 pages of the constructive portion of tBotI without dissolving in to doxology.

    Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  4. Hill wrote:

    and by heart, I mean Hart.

    Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  5. Hill wrote:

    This post actually reminded me of something this morning. Have you seen Hart’s article in First Things on Jenson? It is a must read for companion piece to The Beauty of the Infinite for Jenson fans who might take issue with Hart’s tone in the first part of the book.

    http://www.firstthings.com/article.php3?id_article=240

    Monday, December 10, 2007 at 9:57 am | Permalink
  6. WTM wrote:

    Such a true summary, Halden. Well done! I must say, however, that I have not – as you have – come to love Hart (yet?).

    Monday, December 10, 2007 at 8:30 pm | Permalink
  7. Richard H wrote:

    The book is on my Christmas list, so I remain unitiated.

    As an uniniate, I wonder if it makes sense to ask if Hart says what you say he says about Christianity or about God.

    Hopefully I’ll know better in a couple of weeks.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

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