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    DescriptionDespite recent ferocious public debate about the likelihood of the existence of God, the most central concept in such arguments remains strangely obscure. What is God? Are those engaged in the debate all talking about the same thing? In this beautifully written contribution to reasoned discussion, a revered religious thinker clarifies how the word "God" functions in various religious traditions. Ranging broadly across Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Vedantic and Bhaktic Hinduism, Sikhism, various paganisms, Buddhism and Taoism, David Hart explores how the world's major theistic traditions treat divine mysteries. One cannot fail to notice, he contends, that on a host of philosophical issues, and especially the issue of divine transcendence, areas of accord among the great faiths are vast. Hart takes pointed issue with those who refute ideas they have not even examined with care and with simplistic assertions designed to mislead. He demolishes modern aetheist arguments, including the blatant misconception of God as puppeteer, as well as the fundamentalist view of the Bible as an objective record of historical data. Instead, the author plumbs the depths of humanity's experience of the world as powerful evidence for the reality of God. Offering a bold corrective to careless or incoherent treatments of his subject, Hart captures the beauty and poetry of traditional reflection upon the divine.

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    The Experience of God
    Being, Consciousness, Bliss
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Bentley Hart
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 376
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300166842
    ISBN 10: 0300166842

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    Abridged Dewey: 211
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    LC classification: BL473 .H37 2013
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    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian, philosopher, writer and cultural commentator. He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of St. Thomas (MN), Duke Divinity School, Loyola College (MD), and Providence College (RI). He is the author of Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies, which won the 2011 Michael Ramsey prize, presented by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
    Review quote
    'This hugely suggestive book is a lyrical paean to a vital, more capacious understanding of reality, ourselves and God: a timely and gripping invitation to wake up, see the regnant naturalism, and subvert its suffocating hegemony. The text is by turns elegant, curmudgeonly, witty, infuriating, incisive, nostalgic, rhapsodical, explosive, frequently bang on the money - and always stimulating.' --Philip McCosker, "The Tablet"--Philip McCosker"The Tablet" (04/19/2014)