David Bentley Hart is a smart fellow, conversant in philosophy, history, literature, & the arts, who will soon (a little bird tells me) be writing a comprehensive, textbook-type history of the church. Here he is being interviewed about the claim often made by atheists, including the so-called “new atheists,” that the violence evident in Christian history can be used as evidence that Christianity as a whole is a false system of belief, and indeed that there is no God.
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What folks are reading most lately
- C S Lewis's dark night of the soul
- What did medieval people think caused illnesses?
- Martin Luther's Anfechtungen--his own dark nights of the soul, and how they affected his teaching and ministry
- Signs and wonders: the charismatic power of early Christianity
- Controversies about Christ in the early church, part IV: The divine swallowing the human and the fourth council's "four fences"
- Words in the King James Version that now mean something else: Have you ever run across these and wondered what they meant?
What we’ve been talking about lately
- Wonder of Incarnation -> wonder of Creation
- C S Lewis, incarnation and morality: Living what we are, and avoiding the super-spirituality trap
- Incarnation and compassion
- Incarnation and the theological task
- The Incarnation as the medieval “theory of everything”
- “Raiders of the lost Incarnation”: The beginning of the end of my book about C S Lewis and the manifold wisdom of medieval faith
- Q: What do Aslan, St. Francis, and medieval mystery plays have in common? A: The Incarnation.
- C S Lewis: Why value our bodies? Because we can know God ONLY through the senses
- The Incarnation and the importance of the embodied life in C S Lewis’s That Hideous Strength
- C S Lewis on the Incarnation: Theosis, “coming down and drawing up,” the Great Dance, and statues coming to life
- C S Lewis on the Incarnation and human choice
- How C S Lewis’s understanding of the Incarnation helped him–and helped him counsel others–in suffering
- The Virgin Mary and the greatest thing we can learn from medieval Christians
- Monasticism old and new: Where are we now and what next?
- Why we need something like monasticism again today – part III: The moral argument concluded
- Why we need something like monasticism again today – part II: Moral flabbiness
- Why we need something like monasticism again today – part I
- Sunday, 11-3-13: Computer broken – posting again tomorrow
- But what did monks DO all day? The holy routines of medieval monasticism
- The wisdom of Benedict: God in all, and Christ in the other
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