Committing Theological Fraud: St Basil the Great and David Bentley Hart

Raises some interesting questions… what do you think?

Eclectic Orthodoxy

Having already published one caustic review of That All Shall Be Saved, First Things has just published yet another piece on the book: “Theological Fraud” by Michael Pakaluk. The accusive title will no doubt bait many clicks. So what is David Bentley Hart guilty of today?

Pakaluk has charged Hart with misrepresenting a passage from the short monastic Regulae of St Basil the Great. Basil is addressing the question whether there will be an end to eschatological punishment:

􏰴􏰵􏰶􏰷􏰸􏰹􏰽􏰴􏰵􏰶􏰷􏰸􏰹􏰽􏰴􏰵􏰶􏰷􏰸􏰹􏰽􏰴􏰵􏰶􏰷􏰸􏰹􏰽Question: If one will be punished with many beatings and one with few, how can some say that there will not be an end to punishment?

Answer: Things that seem ambiguous and expressed in a veiled way in some passages of the Scripture inspired by God are clarified on the basis of the more explicit words found in other passages. Now, in a passage the Lord…

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One thought on “Committing Theological Fraud: St Basil the Great and David Bentley Hart”

  1. Very interesting. And whatever one decides about the nature and extent of Hell (and therefore also the moral character of God) it is so very important to read That All Shall Be Saved in order to make intelligent commentary possible.

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