Category Archives: Sophisticated Theology

David Bentley Hart: Last installment

I’m sure you’re relieved to see the title of this post, as most of you haven’t taken kindly to the quotes I’ve put up from Hart’s new book, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss.  But you don’t seem to realize that I’m doing you a two-fold favor here: not only saving you from having to read […]

The dangers of quantum theology

Over at his website Evolving Perspectives, reader and cartoonist Pliny the In Between shows one of the pitfalls of theologians’ propensity for finding God in quantum mechanics:  

David Bentley Hart tells us that God is bliss and consciousness, not to mention reality

A riled-up theologian, whom I shall neither name or link to, has written a diatribe about my remarks on David Bentley Hart’s book: The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss.  This theologian says that I’ve completely misunderstood the book, which was, as Hart claimed, to distill the essence of God from all faiths, and not […]

David Bentley Hart: Humans’ search for truth proves God

Although David Bentley Hart claims, in his book The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss, that he isn’t adducing evidence for God, that’s in fact what he spends most of his time doing. That evidence includes Why is There Something Instead of Nothing, the scientifically inexplicable fact of consciousness as well as of our power to reason, […]

My “devil’s dictionary”

Ambrose Bierce’s famous “Devil’s Dictionary,” in which he defines words darkly and sarcastically, is online, and is well worth glancing at. He’s merciless with religion, for instance: SAINT, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. The Duchess of Orleans relates that the irreverent old calumniator, Marshal Villeroi, who in his youth had known St. Francis […]

I got the book! You know, the one with the best arguments for God

In the game of Theological Whack-a-Mole, in which one book after another is proffered as the “best argument for God and/or religion,” only to be replaced by another after the first is found wanting, there is supposedly now A Mole That Can’t Be Whacked. And that is the book I’m holding below, which I finally […]

Is God a bodiless person?

I found in my mailbox yesterday a letter from an staff member at “Awake,” the official publication of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs), and a magazine that many of us have probably been proffered in door to door proselytizing events.  I thumbed through it briefly, and found an article called “The Untold Story of Creation.” Surprisingly, […]

Why religion can be rational, but is doing it wrong

For part of the book I’m writing, I’m investigating the claim—one made by theologians and religious apologists—that science in fact was an outgrowth of Christianity, explaining the rise of science in Europe and nowhere else. (Yes, yes, I know about China and the Middle East, but their science fizzled out.) One of the most vociferous […]

Website post reprinted in The New Republic

Because someone requested it, I guess I’ll let people know when a post from this site is purchased by and reprinted in The New Republic. My recent post on David Bentley Hart and Oliver Burkeman’s Best Evidence for God has been reprinted at the TNR as “‘The ‘best arguments for God’s existence’ are actually terrible.” […]

What are the “best” arguments for God? More kudos (and raspberries) for David Bentley Hart’s new book.

The most common critique leveled at New Atheists is that we attack only puerile, fundamentalist forms of religion, and never engage with the “best” arguments of the faithful: those adumbrated by Sophisticated Theologians™.  Never mind that most believers accept a view of God more anthropomorphic than as simply a “ground of being” or a deistic […]

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