The Hidden and the Manifest
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Rowan Williams says that David Bentley Hart "can always be relied on to offer a perspective on the Christian faith that is both profound and unexpected." The Hidden and the Manifest, a new collection of this brilliant scholar's work, contains twenty essays by Hart on theology and metaphysics.

Spanning Hart's career both topically and over time, these essays cover such subjects as the Orthodox understanding of Eucharistic sacrifice; the metaphysics of Paradise Lost; Christianity, modernity, and freedom; death, final judgment, and the meaning of life; and many more.


David Bentley Hart is a philosopher, theologian, writer, and cultural commentator who has taught at the University of Virginia, Duke University, and the University of Notre Dame. His other books include The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth; A Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays; and Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, which was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize in Theology in 2011.


 John Milbank
— University of Nottingham
"David Hart is unerringly learned, eloquent, and profound over an enormous intellectual range. Above all, this book (worth reading for the stunning Milton essay alone) shows just how the narrative vision of Christianity and its metaphysics of the simple, eternal, nonsuffering, and omnipotent God require each other. . . . With a glorious disrespect for shibboleths, Hart proclaims, with unique brilliance, how Christianity restores, fulfills, and transcends the earliest human intuitions concerning the obscure symbolism of nature, the priesthood of humanity, and the unnaturalness of death."