“The Experience of God” (Part 2)

Eclectic Orthodoxy

Underlying The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart is the conviction that the structure of personal experience witnesses to the reality of God. God is not a stranger to us. If he seems to be so, this is only because we have squelched the immediate knowledge of his presence. “God is not only the ultimate reality that the intellect and the will seek,” explains Hart, “but is also the primordial reality with which all of us are always engaged in every moment of existence and consciousness, apart from which we have no experience of anything whatsoever” (p. 10).

Hart describes his epistemological perspective as vaguely Platonic, not perhaps in the sense that the knowledge of God is innate but rather because it enjoys an immediacy experienced by all. We know more than we can tell:

I start from the conviction that many of the most important things we know…

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