29 Aug 2012
And by way of contrast, David Bentley Hart, from 'The Beauty of the Infinite', Part 2 'A Dogmatica Minora', section 1 'Trinity', subsection 4, part iii, 'Analogia Entis':
"All things - all the words of being - speak of God because they shine within his eternal Word. This trinitarian distance is that "open" in which the tree springs up from the earth, the stars turn in the sky, the sea swells, all living things are born and grow, angels raise their everlasting hymnody; because this is the true interval of difference, every metaphysic that does not grasp the analogy of being is a Tower of Babel, attempting to mount up to the supreme principle rather than dwelling in and giving voice to the prodigality of the gift".
Now, to fully understand what this passage means, one must read the rest of the book that contains it; but even without that, one can sense from it that Hart loves and respects words, language, reason and reasoning. The passage demands to be read aloud.
The whole of 'The Beauty of the Infinite' is a dense and difficult and closely-argued book that is, in part, a sustained riposte to the likes of Judith Butler, and that contains many thorny passages that require careful re-reading; but it is full of passages like this, where argument shifts gears and suddenly transforms itself into something like poetry. (One other such passage is a sustained discussion of the nature of the music of J S Bach).