Episode 34: Interview with David Bentley Hart

Jason Micheli —  September 14, 2016 — 2 Comments

david_bentley_hart_zps3fe63909For Episode 34 of our Crackers and Grape Juice Podcast I got to sit down with my former teacher and ongoing muse and man crush Dr. David Bentley Hart. Anyone who’s spent any time here at Tamed Cynic will already know DBH’s name and his influence upon me. He was my first theology professor at the University of Virginia, coming not long after I became a Christian. As such, he had a lasting imprint upon my faith and thought.

David Bentley Hart may well prove one day to have been the most significant theologian of the 21st century. He is the author of The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami?, The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth, Atheist Delusions: Christianity and Its Fashionable Enemies, and The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, and Bliss. You can find all his books, including his work of fiction here.

You can find a short Wall Street Journal essay that served as the genesis for The Doors of the Sea. It’s a great starting point into DBH for newbies and laity.

And, as you’ll hear, he’s just translated the New Testament for Yale University Press.

With his famous dog Roland at his feet, DBH discusses the Church’s loss of classical theism, the (evil) God most Christians worship, the logical incoherence of Process Theology, Hell, Christian Freedom, Reformed (mis)translations of Scripture, and his own personal suffering.

Be on the lookout for future episodes with Rob Bell and others.

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2 responses to Episode 34: Interview with David Bentley Hart

  1. I hope i’m commenting on Hart here – “A Better Atonement” just popped up above_

    I dare not say I have a crush on DBH, it would be improper. But like Bill Murray in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ I’m totally devoted to his strength (of intellect). Wish I could send a fan note. As it is, I bless him from afar for mentioning my patron saint, George MacDonald. MacDonald gave me a vision of God I could believe in and love. Hart presents the intellectual depth to undergird it. Thank you Jason for this interview.

  2. Hart is also one of those theologians who’s influenced me more than I realize at any given moment–whenever I read him or hear him talk I realize how many of my thoughts, the ones I think might be original, I just forgot I got from him.

    Jason, you’re a brave man to interview him, though. I’ve interviewed a fair number of folks, and Hart would scare the hell out of me.

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