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The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss Paperback – September 30, 2014

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Editorial Reviews


"Hart marshals powerful historical evidence and philosophical argument to suggest that atheists—if they want to attack the opposition's strongest case—badly need to up their game."—Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

"Hart . . . recalls believers of all faiths to the best of their traditions, challenges unbelievers to examine their own metaphysical presuppositions, and does these with tremendous gusto. . . . A necessary book."—Michael Robbins, Commonweal

"Stunning . . . bracing and bold. . . . For provoking deep thought about the profoundest human questions, and for taking an intelligent stand in defense of faith. . . . Hart deserves the gratitude of a large and appreciative audience."—Damon Linker, The Week

"A thoroughly entertaining and engaging read. It’s difficult to convey to those who are unacquainted with Hart’s writing the sheer exuberance of his prose and the bite to his wit."—Ryan Marr, Catholic Books Review

"Bracing and eloquent . . . fans of Hart’s winsome prose will not be disappointed . . . a fine work."—Edward T. Oakes, S.J., National Review

"Impressive."—David Gibson, Religion News Service

"Hart is a phenomenally gifted thinker who recalls believers of all faiths to the best of their traditions, challenges unbelievers to examine their own metaphysical presuppositions, and does these with tremendous gusto. . . . A necessary book."—Michael Robbins, Commonweal

"Magnificent. . . . Massively learned and gorgeously written, The Experience of God should entirely transform contemporary debates concerning the validity of belief in the divine."—Mark Anthony Signorelli, University Bookman

"Creative and engaging . . . a stunning and provocative achievement."—Kenneth Oakes, Reformation 21

"Hart is as skilled a rhetorician as he is a theologian, and is able to deliver a punchy verbal image of the God who transcends all images."—Francesca Aran Murphy, First Things

"[Hart] retrieves and celebrates the classic Christian understanding of God . . . [with] rigorous logic and a caustic style. . . . His elegant prose and witty invective bring Evelyn Waugh to mind. . . . Hart’s exuberant writing unmasks the false pretensions of secularism."—Sidney Callahan, Commonweal

"David Hart can always be relied on to offer a perspective on Christian faith that is both profound and unexpected. In this masterpiece of quiet intellectual and spiritual passion, he magnificently sets the record straight as to what sort of God Christians believe in and why."—Rowan Williams, University of Cambridge

"David Hart’s new book is nothing less than astounding. He is liberal, conservative, radical, theological, philosophical, and historical all at the same time – that is his genius. There is no American writing on religion as intelligently, bravely, and originally as Hart."—Conor Cunningham, University of Nottingham

"David Bentley Hart’s new book is a feast- stylish and substantial. Bringing together Sanskritic analyses of God’s being with Latin and Greek and Arabic ones, this is a considerable achievement by one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary theology."—Paul J. Griffiths, Duke Divinity School

"Writing at a high philosophical level with a sharp sense of humor, Hart argues for an ecumenical Theism. Devastatingly accurate, imaginative, and immensely readable, this is David Bentley Hart’s best book."—Francesca Murphy, University of Notre Dame

"Magnificent . . . a book unlike anything done in recent times and one that only Hart could write."—Robert Louis Wilken

About the Author

David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox scholar of religion, philosopher, writer, and cultural commentator.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 13.5 ounces
  • Paperback : 376 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0300209355
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0300209358
  • Publisher : Yale University Press (September 30, 2014)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.54 x 1.02 x 8.53 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 158 ratings