Christianity has never really taken deep root in America


“Contrary to conventional wisdom, Christianity has never really taken deep root in America or had any success in forming American consciousness; in its place, we have invented a kind of Orphic mystery religion of personal liberation, fecundated and sustained by a cult of Mammon.”

David Bentley Hart

A Brief Conversation With David Bentley Hart | Keith Giles


“The Kingdom has drawn near, the exuberantly zealous seize it with enthusiasm, but everyone—zealous or not—is being pressed into it one way or another.”

Source: A Brief Conversation With David Bentley Hart | Keith Giles

Condemned to Salvation: Considering Universalism with David Bentley Hart – Los Angeles Review of Books


Hart implores that the traditional doctrines of eternal damnation are “morally corrupt, contrary to justice, perverse, inexcusably cruel, deeply irrational, and essentially wicked,” Los Angeles Review of Books

Source: Condemned to Salvation: Considering Universalism with David Bentley Hart – Los Angeles Review of Books

Jesus Christ, Born of the Jews


!!JesuIn the New Testament, the theme of the descent of the divine Glory to earth continues, but in a radically different key; for, in Christian thought, God comes to dwell among human beings not merely in the awesome but intangible form of the Shekhinah, but as a concrete presence, a living man.

Thus, in the Gospel of Luke, when the angel of the annunciation tells Mary of the conception of Jesus in her womb, his language clearly recalls the cloud of darkness that used to attend the Lord’s entry into his house: ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee … ’ (Luke 1:35). The Gospel of John proclaims that, in becoming flesh, the divine Son literally ‘tabernacled’ among us – ‘and we beheld his Glory, the Glory of the only begotten of the Father’ (John 1:14). Jesus likens himself to the Temple. And all three of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) tell of Christ’s Transfiguration, when the Glory of his divinity briefly became visible through the veil of his humanity.

Bentley Hart, David. The Story of Christianity . Quercus Publishing. Kindle Edition.

 

Traditio Deformis by David Bentley Hart | Articles | First Things


David Bentley Hart

The long history of defective Christian scriptural exegesis occasioned by problematic translations . . . .

Source: Traditio Deformis by David Bentley Hart | Articles | First Things