A List of Online Articles (and a Reading List) by David Bentley Hart

A few folks have asked me for this list from time to time, so I plan to start maintaining it publicly. Here is a list of online articles by David Bentley Hart going back in time (with his exchange with N.T. Wright separated below): “Three Cheers for Socialism: Christian Love & Political Practice” in CommonwealContinue reading “A List of Online Articles (and a Reading List) by David Bentley Hart”

God to whom we pray is nearer to us than the very prayer itself

The God to whom we pray is nearer to us than the very prayer itself ere it leaves the heart. George MacDonald in Paul Faber, Surgeon, chapter 35, “A Heart.” You were more inward to me than my most inward part and higher than my highest. Augustine in Confessions (3.6.11), in Latin “interior intimo meoContinue reading “God to whom we pray is nearer to us than the very prayer itself”

utterances can somehow touch mysterious depths which analysis can never quite fathom

Walter Ong studied how human life and consciousness changed substantially with the move from oral to written cultures. He worked at a crossroads of communication theory, history and literature. Ong also wrote a lot about the history of education (including material on the early moves from classical to modern classroom methods). He argues that weContinue reading “utterances can somehow touch mysterious depths which analysis can never quite fathom”

the stubbornness to accept our gladness

“A Brief For The Defense” by Jack Gilbert. Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies are not starving someplace, they are starving somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils. But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants. Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would notContinue reading “the stubbornness to accept our gladness”

Right and Left, Up and Down, Interior and Exterior in the Pattern of Reality

This list of attributes is clearly long and sweeping. It is not clear if Jonathan Pageau is making claims about basic metaphysical categories, universal human ways of seeing, ancient traditions in visual representation across multiple cultures, or all of the above. Particularly, with his phrase “patterns of reality” from the title of his talk, IContinue reading “Right and Left, Up and Down, Interior and Exterior in the Pattern of Reality”

because the end is not known

From Origen’s Commentary on Romans volume 2: In the Scriptures “eternity” is sometimes recorded because the end is not known, but sometimes because the time period designated does not have an end in the present age, though it does end in the future. The Greek word for “eternity” here (used by Septuagint in Exodus 21:6Continue reading “because the end is not known”

reading books is good but possessing nothing is more than anything

Icon of St. Macarius the Great with a cherub. (The one written more recently is in higher resolution and from this blog.) Saint Macarius, commemorated today, has many sayings collected. Here is one that should be a warning to me: Theodore, surnamed Pherme, had three good books. He went to Macarius, and said, ‘I haveContinue reading “reading books is good but possessing nothing is more than anything”

this image of Jesus made a contribution to the formulation of the founding principals and secular values of modern political philosophy

From Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture (chapter 11) by Jaroslav Pelikan: This controversy over poverty [following the life of Saint Francis] had some unlooked-for political consequences. Nothing would seem to be more otherworldly and apocalyptical, indeed downright idealistic, than the doctrine that because Christ, Mary and the apostles had practicedContinue reading “this image of Jesus made a contribution to the formulation of the founding principals and secular values of modern political philosophy”

the goal of the cosmos

As the goal of the cosmos, the Logos represented the hope that even the devil could finally be restored to wholeness in the restitution of all things—apokatastasis ton panton. And with the reformation of the world, humanity also shall be changed from the transient and the earthly to the incorruptible and the eternal. …All ofContinue reading “the goal of the cosmos”

it is precisely and solely this full community of persons throughout time that God has elected as his image

From That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation by David Bentley Hart: In his great treatise On the Making of Humanity, Gregory reads Genesis 1:26–7—the first account of the creation of the race, where humanity is described as being made “in God’s image”—as referring not to the making of Adam as such,Continue reading “it is precisely and solely this full community of persons throughout time that God has elected as his image”