In an age when ontology is in question and onto-theology has come to an end, the work of Julian Hartt is an important offering to the church. Hartt's first formal foray into ontology may be found in his (1940) Yale dissertation, "The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God: A Historic-Critical Exposition of Some of Its Metaphysical and Epistemological Issues." His later thinking about ontology in service to theology may be heard in his Nathaniel Taylor lectures, "The One God and the Several Worlds: Faith in God after the End of Salvation History."
In between these two works, Hartt advanced his own ontology in the series of lectures published as 'Being Known and Being Revealed.' These lectures display the thinking of an erudite, original scholar who knows the history of philosophy intimately, particularly as it impinges on theology. He also knows the history of theology as it wrestles with Being. But beyond that, he brings his thought in touch with reality, even as his thinking soars--not to escape reality--but to gain a perspective that enables us to be grasped more firmly by the truth.
Endorsements & Reviews-
One of the church's and the nation's most neglected theologians is Julian Hartt, for he was at once thoroughly unapologetic and completely anti-triumphalist in his treatment of matters cultural and doctrinal and political. We thus owe a huge debt of gratitude to Wipf and Stock for reprinting (with fresh introductions) his long-unavailable work.
Ralph C. Wood, Baylor University
James Gustafson once stated: "Julian Hartt has one of the most brilliant and profound theological minds and spirits in the Christian community today; unfortunately he is one of the least appreciated theologians now writing."
This reissue of Julian Hartt's books makes available once again the work of this profound and brilliant theologian and makes it possible for a new generation to appreciate his work.
Jonathan Wilson, Carey Theological College
Julian Hartt Walter J. Lowe
Julian Norris Hartt is a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, Garrett Theological Seminary, Northwestern University (M.A.), and Yale University (Ph.D.). From 1932 to 1934, Dr. Hartt served as a minister of United Methodist churches in South Dakota. He has taught theology and philosophy at Berea College (1940-43) and Yale University (1943-53) and was Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale (1953-72). Hartt is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and books including 'Humanism Versus Theism', 'Toward a Theology of Evangelism', 'Being Known and Being Revealed', 'A Christian Critique of American Culture', and 'Theology and the Church in the University'.