The Experience of God is an exceptionally rich and demanding book. I have only touched the surface of David Hart’s reflections. It is not a book for everyone. One at least needs to be curious about the nature of being and consciousness. I’m sure it would help immeasurably if one has read Augustine or Thomas Aquinas, as well as some recent work on the philosophy of mind; but it’s not absolutely necessary. As I mentioned in my first article, the book works on the reader on several levels. You may find yourself beginning to look at reality differently. You may even find yourself led to prayer.
In his final chapter Hart discusses the contemplative journey. If one is truly interested in finding out whether God exists, then one must be prepared to commit oneself to a contemplative journey:
If one is really to seek “proof” one way or the other…
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