By David Bentley Hart
Why has Don Juan develop into so goé of overdue? What’s the difficulty with Ayn Rand? How did the Doge of Venice come to venerate the counterfeit continues to be of Siddhartha Gautama? Why does the Bentley family’s number of ancestral relics comprise a bronzed human thumb? And what, precisely, is the tale in the back of nice Uncle Aloysius, who used to be born a Quaker yet died a pagan?
This choice of occasional essays brings us David Bentley Hart at his most interesting: startlingly transparent and deliciously abstruse, coolly clever and burningly witty, clean and undying, mystical and urban — frequently by surprise. Hart’s incisive combination of philosophy, ethical theology, and cultural feedback, along with his aptitude for either the well-told tale and the well-turned word, is certain to delight.
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A Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays by David Bentley Hart