Episode 103 – David Bentley Hart: We Wouldn’t Want to be Christian

Jason Micheli —  July 13, 2017 — 1 Comment

“Most of us who go by the name of “Christians” ought to give up the pretense of wanting to be Christian—at least, if by that word one means not simply someone who is baptized or who adheres to a particular set of religious observances and beliefs, but more or less what Nietzsche meant when he said that there has been only one Christian in human history and that he had died on the cross. In that sense, I think it reasonable to ask not whether we are Christians (by that standard, all fall short), but whether in our wildest imaginings we could ever desire to be the kind of persons that the New Testament describes as fitting the pattern of life in Christ. And I think the fairly obvious answer is that we could not…

Most of us would find Christians truly cast in the New Testament mold fairly obnoxious: civically reprobate, ideologically unsound, economically destructive, politically irresponsible, socially discreditable, and really just a bit indecent.”

In this episode, I continue my conversation with my man-crush muse and former teacher, David Bentley Hart. Here, he discusses his upcoming translation of the New Translation, the melodies of McCartney, and baseball as the Platonic Ideal.

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One response to Episode 103 – David Bentley Hart: We Wouldn’t Want to be Christian

  1. Hi, Jason… Just wanted to give you a heads up that in the middle of the podcast at ~33:30, the John Cleese voiceover starts and obscures the conversation until ~34:15. But otherwise a very cool interview–thanks for posting it!

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