The Sublime Sensibility: “The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss” by David Bentley Hart

Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016

Try as Richard Dawkins might, he cannot explain so much of what is intuitive to human beings.
Some years ago I wrote on what I called “the aesthetic fallacy” in a small book I authored on how to do history. I am not sure if I coined the term, but what I intend by it is this: a fallacious argument that appears compelling because of the aesthetics of presentation, whether merely physical (as in nicely printed and bound to look serious) or well written.  I would suggest that much of the New Atheism—whether we are talking of Richard Dawkins’s use of scientific rhetoric or Ricky Gervais’s witty one-liners—is compelling, precisely because it ...

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