One of the (very cool) benefits of working with top scholars is that you sometimes run across your name in print. Friends and peers have recently pointed out a couple such shout-outs, and I, in turn, wish to encourage you to check out these books, knowing first hand the excellence of their contents.
First is David Bentley Hart’s latest volume, a series of collected essays titled A Splendid Wickedness and Other Essays available from Eerdmans. I had the pleasure of serving as Dr. Hart’s research assistant during the 2014-2015 academic year and helped him assemble the essays included in this volume. As Phil Long notes in his recent review of Hart’s work, these essays cover a wide variety of topics, but very often relate back to important issues of theology and/or philosophy.
The second book I point you to is Jay Ford’s The Divine Quest, East and West: A Comparative Study of Ultimate Realities published by SUNY. Ford serves as the Chair of the Wake Forest University Department for the Study of Religions and I had the honor of taking a course on “Conceptions of the Ultimate” with him whilst at Wake Forest. In the weeks to come I hope to post a couple of reflections on portions Ford’s book, as he offers an engaging and informed discussion of how different world religions define and understand the Ultimate.
I extend a big ‘thank you’ to these scholars, both for their wisdom and instruction, as well as their kindness in mentioning a lowly graduate student such as myself.