David Bentley Hart (b. 1965) is described as “an American polymath whose work encompasses a wide range of subjects and genres. A prolific essayist, he has written on topics as diverse as art, literature, religion, philosophy, film, baseball, and politics. He is also a writer of fiction.” Religiously speaking, he is a “convert from high-church Anglicanism to [Eastern] Orthodoxy.”Continue reading “David Bentley Hart on “How Can We Know God?””
The word mystical is derived from the Greek mystikos meaning “secret,” and muo meaning “concealed.”
Why all the mystery? Why is it concealed? Why do people keep it a secret? This seems like shady business. But is it? Continue reading “The Meaning of the Word “Mystical””
An addition to the BHT, a passage in which Paul talks about coming to know Christ directly within one’s Self, which is the resurrection. (The painting above is “Saint Paul Writing His Epistles,” attributed to Valentin de Boulogne, dated 1618-1620.) Continue reading “Philippians 3:7-11 BHT, Knowing Christ and this Resurrection”
An addition to the BHT, on how we may come to know God through Love. (The painting above is “Saint Augustine,” by Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1645-1650, oil on canvas.) Continue reading “1 John 4:7-8, 16 BHT – We’d Love to Know God”
An addition to the BHT, where Jesus speaks with a woman about what it is we should be worshiping, adoring, reverencing, cherishing, loving. Continue reading “John 4:21-26 BHT, What do we Worship?”
An addition to the BHT, concerning how we can “know” for ourselves if these things are really from God, or if they are from Bryce’s own deranged mind. Continue reading “John 7:17 BHT, How to “Know” if this is from God?”
“I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
—John 14:6, NIV
Much has been written, and there has been much contention throughout history, about this scripture and others like it that seem to justify the exclusive truth claims and saving power of Christianity. Other religions have made similar claims for their own paths, but for this post I’ll focus on Christianity. I believe these claims rely on an interpretation of scripture that is partially correct, but unfortunately misses a greater and far more glorious meaning.