“This is a radiant book, as beautiful as it is profound. Indeed—as Desmond consistently demonstrates in all his work, but here with a special power—the profoundest philosophical reflection must necessarily be the most beautiful.” — David Bentley Hart, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

“In this profound and searching book, Desmond shows once again that he is a master at ‘dancing lightly in the service of thought’ (Kierkegaard). He does not hesitate to draw on everything that might lend itself—philosophy, poetry, drama, art, film, music, nature, and major and minor experiences of life—to make manifest the brilliant light of beauty, without for all that simply dispelling its mysterious darkness.” — D.C. Schindler, author of Love and the Postmodern Predicament: Rediscovering the Real in Beauty, Goodness, and Truth.