By David Bentley Hart
Why has Don Juan turn into so crossé of overdue? What’s the difficulty with Ayn Rand? How did the Doge of Venice come to venerate the counterfeit is still of Siddhartha Gautama? Why does the Bentley family’s number of ancestral relics comprise a bronzed human thumb? And what, precisely, is the tale at the back of nice Uncle Aloysius, who was once born a Quaker yet died a pagan?
This selection of occasional essays brings us David Bentley Hart at his most interesting: startlingly transparent and deliciously abstruse, coolly clever and burningly witty, clean and undying, mystical and urban — frequently by surprise. Hart’s incisive mix of philosophy, ethical theology, and cultural feedback, with his aptitude for either the well-told tale and the well-turned word, is bound to delight.
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A Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays by David Bentley Hart