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Newman, Levering, and Me

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” —Michael Corleone Let me note, before anything else, that I am not concerned in what follows to defend my orthodoxy, which anyone who cares to may impugn without protest from me. I long ago lost the least interest in how others reckon orthodoxy...
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In Defense of a Certain Tone of VoicePart Four of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

by David Bentley Hart Read part one, two, and three of this four-part series. Having completed—albeit somewhat elliptically—my “itinerary” of the argument of That All Shall Be Saved, I have reserved the final installment of my report for a last, brief, bitter, even somewhat petulant and self... Read more.
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Can Persons Be Saved?Part Three of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

by David Bentley Hart Read part one and part two of the series. Before resuming my “itinerary” of the argument of That All Shall Be Saved, one additional point seems worth stressing. Though in the last installment the issue was raised of whether God intends or permits evil, the book’s arg... Read more.
Theology

What God Wills and What God PermitsPart Two of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

by David Bentley Hart In my previous installment of this report, I addressed the final phase of the argument put forward in That All Shall Be Saved, which concerns the nature of rational freedom and the question of whether the idea of a hell of eternal torment can plausibly be defended as an express... Read more.
Theology

What Is a Truly Free Will?Part One of an Interim Report on That All Shall Be Saved

I should explain. I am in the process of preparing a kind of “interim report” on my recent book That All Shall Be Saved, in preparation for a number of public events, and perhaps in anticipation of a second edition of the text. And the editors of Public Orthodoxy have kindly offered me a venue... Read more.
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Theology

Marcionism, Allegorical Exegesis, and the Question of Universal Salvation

by Roberto J. De La Noval The publication of David Bentley Hart’s That All Shall Be Saved has provoked no small amount of controversy since its release. Though Hart’s argument for universal salvation encompasses diverse arenas of thought—theological anthropology, the moral meaning of creatio e... Read more.
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Biblical Studies

The Mythology of the “Historical Present”

I should not take exception, I suppose, if critics occasionally question my choice to render all Greek present tense verbs as English present tense verbs in my recent translation of the New Testament. The same choice was made, as it happens, by Tyndale and by his successors on the committee of schol... Read more.
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An Open Letter to Paul Griffiths

by David Bentley Hart Dear Paul, We have been friends for some twenty years or so now, and you know that I revere the lucidity of your mind, as well as the serene inflexibility you bring to your theological and philosophical convictions, with an admiration bordering on idolatry. I even sometimes fi... Read more.