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David Bentley Hart


David Bentley Hart is a renowned theologian, philosopher, and cultural commentator. He's authored several books including "Atheist Delusions", which in May 2011 was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize in Theology.


“The Greatest Show on Earth”

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins Free Press, 480 pages, $30   The first lesson to be learned from Richard Dawkins’ new book is a purely practical maxim: One should always do what one does best, while scrupulously avoiding those tasks for which neither nature nor tuition has equipped one. This is not, obviously, what one could call a moral counsel; it is merely a counsel of prudence. Another way of saying it would be, try not to make a fool of yourself.... Read More

“Breaking the Spell”

Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett Viking, 464 pages, 2006   In the second section—or “fit”—of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, the Bellman lectures the crew of his ship on the peculiar traits of the creature they have just crossed an ocean to find. There are, he tells his men, “five unmistakable marks” by which genuine Snarks may be known. First is the taste, “meagre and hollow, but crisp: / Like a coat that is rather too tight in... Read More