Or: Not either-or, but both-and...
David, were you aware of the utterly scathing take on Bruno published with substantive revisions (2019) by the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy?
cf. '7. Religion' in particular ...
Found myself wondering, and by wondering I mean genuinely curious, if Levering’s gross misreading of you, David Bentley Hart—especially since, by your own admission, Levering is someone you heart (pun intended)—might have very well been a deliberate though necessarily unspoken provocation to adequately set you up to bare your Hart (did it again) via your above rebuttal? I.e., perhaps what he would have liked to say about tradition but could not say because of the plausibility if not possibility of authorial, professorial, or overwhelming student/laity disapproval and/or discipline? In other words, well your words to be exact, exactly like you forthrightly admit doing to/for him though for a different purpose: “the reason for stating my position in so stark a form, after all, was to provoke debate on an issue all too often dealt with inadequately.”
Hello Dr. DBH, I know you don't have a "pastoral bone in your body", but I wonder if you could offer any thoughts on apostolic succession and sacramental authority. My sense is that these things were in place in the very early church and they do seem to have emanated from the apostles themselves. But my cynical side tells me that, especially now 2000 years removed, the succession and sacramental authority are a means of maintaining power and control over the faith. And that the corruption in the the Orthodox and Catholic churches over the centuries makes it awfully tempting to just disregard the the whole structure and have a relationship with Christ within whatever local church community seems to be based in love and charity and the basic truth of the gospel. This is something I struggle with.
quoting The Godfather at the start of a theology article is quite apt. Bruno's mustache was just too much for some eyes to handle it shone brighter than the stars and was too much for this world. Anyways thanks for the write up as always