David Bentley Hart to Speak at Benedictine College

David Bentley Hart to Speak at Benedictine College

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dr. David Bentley Hart, author, theologian, philosopher and cultural commentator, is one of the featured keynote speakers at the upcoming 2014 Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization, set for March 21-22 at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.  Hart is the author of Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies (Yale University Press), among many other books and articles, and will deliver his address during the Saturday morning general session of the Symposium at 9:00 a.m. on March 22.  To attend the presentation, individuals must register for the entire Symposium at www.benedictine.edu/ima.

Hart earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Study from the University of Maryland, a Master’s of Philosophy in Theology from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. He has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of St. Thomas, Duke Divinity School, and Loyola College in Maryland. He was most recently a visiting professor at Providence College, where he also previously held the Rev. Robert J. Randall Distinguished Chair in Christian Culture.  He is the author of seven books and has five more scheduled for publication in the next two years.    He has written dozens of academic articles and is a regular contributing writer for First Things magazine.

Hart’s Atheist Delusions won the £10,000 Michael Ramsey Prize in Theology in 2011.  The prize was presented by Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.  According to the Archbishop’s website, the Michael Ramsey Prize is intended for theological writing which, by freshness and originality, somehow changes the theological landscape, and also serves the needs of the Church; not by being safe or orthodox, or by reinforcing the Church's institutional life – but by giving people something with which to nourish themselves and to enrich their lived Christian experiences.

In addition to top Catholic speakers like Hart, the 2014 Symposium boasts 54 additional papers and presentations from professors, field professionals, students and clergy.  Session topics include: Theology of Money, Beauty in Music & Film, The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America, Three-Dimensional Transcendentals, The Fatima Century and the New Evangelization, Catholics in the Medical Field, The Wichita Cathedral Project, and many more.  The other keynote speakers are Dr. Denis McNamara, Assistant Director of the Liturgical Institute, University of St. Mary of the Lake and Dr. Regis Martin, Professor of Theology, Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been consistently named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.