Sailing to Byzantium"...O sages standing in God’s holy fire As in the gold mosaic of a wall, Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre, And be the singing-masters of my soul. Consume my heart away; sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is; and gather me Into the artifice of eternity..." -W.B. Yeats
Monthly Archives: April 2009
Chapter six is entitled “The Death and Rebirth of Science.” In this chapter Hart dissolves one of the most, if not the most, pernicious myths of modern times. In short, that religion in general, and Christianity in particular, has been … Continue reading
I wish I had the time (and resources) to go to this. It looks like a great conference. One of the speakers, Hent de Vries, has several interesting books out there, especially this one. This conference and books like these … Continue reading
Chapter five is entitled “The Destruction of the Past.” This chapter is closely related to the themes of chapter four and follows almost seamlessly. Specifically though, Hart addresses the myth that after the fall of Rome it was the West’s … Continue reading
Chapter four is entitled “The Night of Reason.” Here Hart gives another example of the mythology of modernity, specifically addressing a major theme that runs through the whole story and purports to show how modern “reason” replaced “irrational” faith. And, … Continue reading
What an appropriate story, given this season and time of resurrection.
The Times Higher Education looks at Milbank and RO here.
I should have mentioned that Hart’s book is separated into four parts. Part One is entitled, “Faith, Reason, and Freedom: A View from the Present.” The first two chapters make up part one. Part Two is entitled, “The Mythology of … Continue reading
Chapter two is entitled “The Age of Freedom.” Hart’s point in this chapter is to tell us why it is that those such as the new atheists “tend to employ such extraordinarily bad arguments for their prejudices, without realizing how … Continue reading
Why are we supposed to care what Bart Ehrman thinks about Christianity, philosophy, church history, or Christian doctrine? How does being a textual critic turn one into an expert in these other areas? None of us can help the fact … Continue reading