An interview with David Bentley Hart 

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5 Responses to An interview with David Bentley Hart 

  1. Bob Sacamano says:

    I read the title and thought you had secured an exclusive interview with DBH! Alas, I have heard this podcast already…

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  2. Brian Pletcher says:

    It’s an hour commitment. Can you say what he covers in this one?

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    • Young and Rested says:

      I listed a few of the topics below, along with the time in the video where the discussions took place.

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  3. Robert Fortuin says:

    many topics covered, but nothing new really

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  4. Young and Rested says:

    Brian, maybe this can be of some help.

    0:00 – 15:15

    Do most Christians worship an evil god?
    Inherited guilt
    Modern vs ancient Christianity
    Process theology/open theism
    Etc.
    (sorry, I wasn’t taking notes at this point)

    15:15 – 21:17 Hell and freedom, etc.

    21:17 – 23:52 Capitalism & Christian freedom

    23:52 – 26:29 Hell – nature and duration

    26:26 – 30:11 The devil and demonic powers

    30:11 – 34:47 The re-creation of the cosmos & the nature of heaven

    34:55 – reflections on suffering and how to respond to it

    Sorry, that’s as far as I got at this point, I’ll add a few more when I have the time. Here are some quotes that I thought were pertinent and interesting:

    “A true understanding of Christian freedom is one in which choice might ultimately be understood as disappearing. We’re free because we’ve achieved that union with God in which all that we will is all that in nature we are, which is to be loved by God and to love God in Himself and in those whom He has created” 18:03 – 18:26

    “Various ways in which Christians try to reconcile the reality of evil to their faith in God ultimately tends to implicate God and evil to the point of evil being an aspect of God. It is kind of meaningless, even in a providential sense to suggest that God could possess a nature absolutely distinct from His acts. That means nothing. What one does is what one is and one’s acts are possibilities only because they are resident in the nature one possesses. This is true of God as well; if God could directly will evil, then God would be some sense evil.”

    “The one will of God towards the union of all things with him allows for what Maximus the confessor calls gnomic misuse of the will which leads to all sorts of catastrophic realities. But trying to look at the evil in history and explain it away as all part of God’s good plan and that all of it will add up to a calculus in which everything makes sense, is not a belief in providence in the proper sense, but is a confusion between God and the evil that we do. We live in a fallen world. That’s one of the claims that Christianity makes. Not just human beings, but all of creation has been estranged from God because spiritual life, human or angelic, is a mediation between creation and God. It exists within an economy of stewardship and in losing our intimacy and proper relation to God, we subjected all of creation. How this happened, what exactly the story is, isn’t important. That essential affirmation is the basis of all Christian belief.”

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