My friend Eugene Curry sent me Edward Feser’s latest salvo in the fracas between him and David Bentley Hart. I will not summarize the squabble here because Feser lays out a bit of a timeline in his post. It is an interesting discussion, and a rather heady one. I daresay that ego certainly appears to be playing its role on both sides of what is otherwise an insightful exchange.
I am intrigued, however, by Feser’s reference to the “terrorism of obscurantism” and think that is probably a reasonable charge to lay at Hart’s feet. I am, again, much more familiar with Hart, and have read with great profit his Atheist Delusions and The Doors of the Sea. That being said, I have been disappointed with Hart on two fronts: (a) his overly-simplistic skewering of conservative hermeneutics and (b) his (in my opinion) caricaturing of William Lane Craig. Even so, I appreciate Hart’s work on atheism and theodicy, though he likely does at times traffic in excessive obscurantism. Here’s the Feser post.