In the Aftermath: Provocations and Laments

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From the prolific, poetic, and popular pen of David Bentley Hart comes this collection of essays, reviews, and columns published in popular journals and newspapers over the past few years. In the Aftermath is comprised of observations on culture, religion, and society at large, all in the acrobatic prose readers expect from Hart.

“Here I want — at least, in part — to entertain. This is not to say that the pieces gathered here are not serious in their arguments; quite the contrary. . . . I mean only that, in these...
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Overview

From the prolific, poetic, and popular pen of David Bentley Hart comes this collection of essays, reviews, and columns published in popular journals and newspapers over the past few years. In the Aftermath is comprised of observations on culture, religion, and society at large, all in the acrobatic prose readers expect from Hart.

“Here I want — at least, in part — to entertain. This is not to say that the pieces gathered here are not serious in their arguments; quite the contrary. . . . I mean only that, in these articles, I have given my natural inclinations towards satire and towards wantonly profligate turns of phrase far freer rein than academic writing permits. I hope the better part of my readers will not find these aspects of my 'authorial voice' insufferable; I even hope they will take some pleasure in my prose (though perhaps that is most likely only if it is taken in measured doses). I have, at any rate, attempted to include only pieces that strike me as having some intrinsic interest, both in form and in content.”

— David Bentley Hart (from the introduction)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802845733
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 743,769
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian who has taught theology at the University of Virginia, the University of St. Thomas, Duke Divinity School, and Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

1 Christ and Nothing (No Other God) 1

2 Notes on John Paul II's Pontificate, 2001 20

3 A Most Partial Historian: On Maurice Cowling's Religion and Public Doctrine in Modern England 24

4 Sheer Extravagant Violence: Gogol's Taras Bulba 37

5 Religion in America: Ancient and Modern 43

6 When the Going Was Bad: On Evelyn Waugh's Travel Writings 63

7 Freedom and Decency 69

8 The Pornography Culture 83

9 The Laughter of the Philosophers 92

10 Tremors of Doubt 105

11 Tsunami and Theodicy 111

12 Where Was God? An Interview with David Bentley Hart by The Christian Century 118

13 Roland Redivivus 124

14 The Soul of a Controversy 130

15 Beyond Disbelief: On Alister McGrath's The Twilight of Atheism 133

16 The Anti-Theology of the Body 139

17 Ecumenical War Councils: On Webster and Cole's The Virtue of War 148

18 The Angel at the Ford of Jabbok: On the Theology of Robert Jenson 156

19 Infinite Lit: On William Lynch's Christ and Apollo 170

20 Theology as Knowledge 176

21 On the Trail of the Snark with Daniel Dennett 182

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