In this course, scholar and author David Bentley Hart provides commentary on several subjects of interest to classical educators, including the liberal arts and the transcendentals — Goodness, Truth, and Beauty. Dr. Hart writes regularly on his Leaves in the Wind subscription newsletter and has published many books including The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth (2003), The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? (2005), Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies (2009), The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss (2013), That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation (2019), Roland in Moonlight (2021), Tradition and Apocalypse: An Essay on the Future of Christian Belief (2022), You Are Gods: On Nature and Supernature (2022), and a translation of New Testament (2nd edition from Yale in March 2023). Dr. Hart has also written books for children and young people including a picture book The Mystery of Castle MacGorilla (2019) and a novel Kenogaia (2021) that was reviewed here on Altum.
This course is part of our “Saving Scholé: Contemporary Authors on Liberal Education” series and consists of brief reflections by Dr. Hart on the classical liberal arts, the transcendentals, the discipline of theology, political life in contemporary America, and a vision for the future of Christianity and civilization. Dr. Hart makes some specific references to the Orthodox Christian tradition as he has been a member of that church since he was 18 years old. As mentioned in lesson 8 below, Dr. Hart served on a special commission of Orthodox theologians for the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2017 to help compose “For the Life of the World: Toward a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church”. Dr. Hart’s work has been praised by fellow theologians such as Fr. John Behr and Fr. Andrew Louth as well as by hierarchs of several jurisdictions (including in an interview with Archbishop Alexander Golitzin on Protecting Veil from January 14, 2022).
We are grateful to Trinity School at Greenlawn for providing a venue for this recording with Dr. Hart. This was made possible by the school’s generous offer of a space in a house on their campus that was originally built in 1908 for Clement Studebaker Jr. as a family residence called Elm Court.
Please be aware: Dr. Hart uses some salty language (such as “what the hell”) at a few points in his comments throughout this course.