“Surely Dawkins, Hitchens et al would never have dared put pen to paper had they known of the existence of David Bentley Hart. After this demolition-job all that is left for them to do is repent and rejoice at the discreditation of their erstwhile selves.”-John Milbank
While I am no fan of Hart, and don’t consider The New Atheists to be anything close to a threat to the theological enterprise (as they are neither “new” nor “atheists” in any historically meaningful sense), I must admit that I enjoy a good whooping-of-ass every once in awhile. In a sense, might we say that the enemy of our enemy is our friend, and, in this way, allow ourselves to enjoy the sure-to-be (and unavoidably so) highly uncharitable ride? For a taste of what this might be like, see Hart’s thoughts on Daniel Dennett here.