A Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays by David Bentley Hart

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Why has Don Juan become so passé of late? What’s the trouble with Ayn Rand? How did the Doge of Venice come to venerate the counterfeit remains of Siddhartha Gautama? Why does the Bentley family’s collection of ancestral relics include a bronzed human thumb? And what, exactly, is the story behind Great Uncle Aloysius, who was born a Quaker but died a pagan?
This collection of occasional essays brings us David Bentley Hart at his finest: startlingly clear and deliciously abstruse, coolly wise and burningly witty, fresh and timeless, mystical and concrete — often all at once. Hart’s incisive blend of philosophy, moral theology, and cultural criticism, together with his flair for both the well-told story and the well-turned phrase, is sure to delight.

Title : A Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays
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ISBN : 0802872646
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Ellie rated it ★★★★☆

June 18, 2016

This collection of essays by David Bentley Hart is full of exceptional pieces: well-written, thoughtful, and interesting. The topics range from Ayn Rand to Baudelaire to Don Quixote. True, they are mostly on subjects in which I am interested but I think even for those without specific interests t...

Scriptor Ignotus rated it ★★★☆☆

February 07, 2017

This is a somewhat eclectic assortment of writings from David Bentley Hart, an Orthodox Christian theologian. When the essays relate to his subject of expertise, they are excellent. When they don't, he has a tendency to try to force them to do so. A notable, if lighthearted and humorous example,...

Zack rated it ★★★★☆

November 12, 2017

Reading DBH is not unlike reading DFW for me. They both exercise my mind by exhilaration, and keep me reading obsessively with their towering reverence for language. Still, I know which of the two I'd much sooner a beer and a conversation with... (I'll be thinking about and re-reading "America and...

Michele rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2016

Wicked Splendid! For the reader who writes (or for the writer who reads), certain authors are a gold mine. With a bracing vocabulary, a precision of thought, and a way with a sentence that manages to be both wise and witty, David Bentley Hart has a perspective on the world that requires a careful...

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