The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart


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The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

by David Bentley Hart
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Despite the recent ferocious public debate about belief, the concept most central to the discussion—God—frequently remains vaguely and obscurely described. Are those engaged in these arguments even talking about the same thing? In a wide-ranging response to this confusion, esteemed scholar David Bentley Hart pursues a clarification of how the word “God” functions in the world’s great theistic faiths.

Ranging broadly across Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Vedantic and Bhaktic Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism, Hart explores how these great intellectual traditions treat humanity’s knowledge of the divine mysteries. Constructing his argument around three principal metaphysical “moments”—being, consciousness, and bliss—the author demonstrates an essential continuity between our fundamental experience of reality and the ultimate reality to which that experience inevitably points.

Thoroughly dismissing such blatant misconceptions as the deists' concept of God, as well as the fundamentalist view of the Bible as an objective historical record, Hart provides a welcome antidote to simplistic manifestoes. In doing so, he plumbs the depths of humanity’s experience of the world as powerful evidence for the reality of God and captures the beauty and poetry of traditional reflection upon the divine.(less)
Hardcover, 376 pages

Thanks so much for this ... I'm watching DHB on Youtube discussing the book as I write.

I knew he's my kind of guy. A Patristic scholar, notable for his particular like for St Gregory of Nyssa and the first of my heroes, St Maximus the Confessor. And, despite his eastern orthodoxy, a fan of the philosophy of St Augustine!

His book is on my birthday list!