The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth by David Bentley Hart–a review | The Russell Kirk Center

The second part of the book is a critical history of western philosophy that starts with Kant and concludes with postmodern thinkers like Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, and Emmanuel Levinas. According to Hart, these philosophers have remained confined to an ontology of violence in which Kantian antinomies—such as space and time, freedom and necessity—and Hegelian dialectics—in which reality is a conflict between nature and history—dominate philosophical reflection. Such thinkers have trivialized the concretely beautiful for the abstract sublime, thereby closing themselves off to the Christian narrative of beauty and peace. Hart is particularly skeptical of postmodern claims that we have reached “the end of metaphysics,” for the rhetorical claim of the end of metaphysics is simply the introduction of another sort of violent metaphysics.

Source: Against Postmodernity | The Russell Kirk Center

On Christians voting for Donald Trump–David Bentley Hart

The failure to see the face of Christ in the poor and infirm and refugees and prisoners is the soul’s condemnation. For instance if impoverished and terrified refugees say should arrive by the thousands and our southern borders bearing their children with them driven from their homes in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras by monstrous violence and hopeless poverty, much of it the long unfolding consequence of our own barbaric policies in Central America. And then our degenerate dropsical orange goblin of a president and the little hoard of oleaginous fascists who slid out of the spiritual sewer by his side, react by imprisoning the adult asylum seekers and abducting and caging their children, subjecting all of them to the most abominable psychological torture degradation and despair, in order to terrify other refugees who might also come seeking shelter; here we need not doubt for a moment that according to the words of Christ these persons have revealed themselves as damned at this moment. Of course the exact number of refugees still imprisoned at inadequate facilities near the southern border right now is impossible to determine, but they number still in the thousands. Worse the number of children stolen by the current administration from their parents many of whom will never be reunited with their families, not only also numbers in the thousands, but is apparently still growing despite false reports to the contrary. Which would seem to mean that we as a nation, we Christians, in America at least, but all of us more generally, are living in a moment of absolute immediate judgment as a people almost perfectly corresponding to the scene laid out for us by Jesus in Matthew 25. And yet curiously enough, there are a good number of American Christians who have already chosen and will choose once again, to associate themselves with the oppressors rather than the oppressed. A good number of us Christian citizens, many quite aware of these atrocities will continue to lend our support to these men even at the ballot box. Christ has assured us that to do so is to become children of the devil. 

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