- Title: Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason
- Author: John Milbank
- ISBN: 9781405136846
- Page: 155
- Format: Paperback
This is a revised edition of John Milbank s masterpiece, which sketches the outline of a specifically theological social theory The Times Higher Education Supplement wrote of the first edition that it was a tour de force of systematic theology It would be churlish not to acknowledge its provocation and brilliance Featured in The Church Times 100 Best Christian Books This is a revised edition of John Milbank s masterpiece, which sketches the outline of a specifically theological social theory The Times Higher Education Supplement wrote of the first edition that it was a tour de force of systematic theology It would be churlish not to acknowledge its provocation and brilliance Featured in The Church Times 100 Best Christian Books Brings this classic work up to date by reviewing the development of modern social thought Features a substantial new introduction by Milbank, clarifying the theoretical basis for his work Challenges the notion that sociological critiques of theology are scientific Outlines a specifically theological social theory, and in doing so, engages with a wide range of thinkers from Plato to Deleuze Written by one of the world s most influential contemporary theologians and the author of numerous books.
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Milbank could have taken a course in how to be understood by the common man. Thesis: Milbank convincingly argues that secular modernity is built upon presuppositions that are just as religious as those of Christianity. Even worse, they rest upon a more shaky foundation of faith. Milbank argues that modern discussions of "secular" reason are historically off-center. There was a time when there was no secular. The saeculum used to refer to the time between the Advents. Now it refers to the area of [...]
Milbank provides a new and refreshing argument with age old (but necessary) results. Christianity must cease taking its cue from the "secular science" and, rather, work within the Christian tradition itself for means of addressing the world. This was the thrust of recent theological movements such as the "Yale school" like Lindbeck and Frei, and was further popularized by Hauerwas, with Barth's rejection of liberalism being the progenitor. (Of course, Christianity has long before Barth understoo [...]
Freaking brilliant. Far smarter than any of the "new atheist" authors, this is heavy, heavy stuff, but serious as hell (or heaven). The Radical Orthodox movement begun by Milbank has produced some of the most penetrating philosophical/theological insights of the last two decades: authors who use the lingo of postmodernism to critique it (and often nation states as well) from a specifically liturgical/sacramental standpoint. Moving beyond the cliches of "conservative/liberal" to an indictment of [...]
A challenging work that reminds its readers theology should not be subsumed within or under the social sciences but is the science by which all others ought to be measured.
This book is intellectually demanding in both good and bad ways. On the good side, it is thought-provoking, tightly argued, well-round, and intellectually challenging. On the bad side, it is dense, at times overly scholarly, and heavy on what is essentially just name-dropping. Furthermore, the positive arguments of Milbank are until the last chapter (and even for a majority of that chapter) mostly to be gleamed from scattered insight or extremely deep reading of his manifold critiques. Personall [...]
Fascinating, enthralling, challenging, confounding - a wonderful journey whether you end up being convinced or not.
gosh'if we think seriously about time and creation, and follow in the tradition of Augustine, we shall conclude that knowledge is not a representation of things, but is a relation to events, and an action upon events. Our judgment of 'truth' of events, according to Augustine in the Confessions, is essentially an aesthetic matter. We recognize beauty or not, and the measure of truth is likeness to the form of the divine beauty of which our soul has some recollection. Augustine is basically right: [...]
One surely should say something clever when reviewing this book because if anything it is erudite and very scholarly. The thing is that I struggled quite a bit with this book. I didn't feel like I quite understood the structure and the way Milbank went with his argumentation. Much felt like presentation of his interpretation on many social theorists and I think that was one reason why I had problems in getting in to this book. I have not read much social theory and I was not acquainted with the [...]
Probably one of the most important books I read in seminary. Too bad it was not reading in any of my classes. It is a challenging book, well worth re-reading from time to time. It's true that you would benefit from some familiarity with the subjects he addresses. But that should not take away from the groundbreaking significance of this book. Milbank provides a foundation for theological pursuit that is both traditional and intelligent. It an approach to theology that shows the depth of theologi [...]
I have high expectations from this book. Yet the preface to second edition was kind of disappointing with regard to Milbank's language. I do not essentially dislike the postmodern style filled with "nietzschean this, dostoyevskian that, foucaldian those" etc. yet Milbank uses these kind of shortcuts so much in the preface to be able to explain his position with regard to criticisms that half of the time I was lost as to what he is saying. After a point the intensity of the jargon oversaturates a [...]
Pretty amazing, I must say. I couldn't run down everything I liked and disliked, but the basic principle is right on. Theology is not and need not be a marginal and independent science. I think maybe Milbank went a little too far in exposing the sacred origins of the secular (or rather, I don't think most secular thinkers would care.)I've since been undertaking more books from the R.O. camp and find them a very refreshing change for theology and helpful for my own attempts to reconcile my faith [...]
I would much rather read someone else talking about John Milbank's ideas than to read John Milbank writing about John Milbank's ideas. Confusing to the point of being abstruse. Still, cutting through the thick hedging of unexplained references and long strides of logic, he has some valid points to make about the construction of secularity, the ontologies of peace and violence, and the idolatries of our age.
Impossibly hard to read prose with so many name-dropping instances to confuse even the pros. That being said, a significantly influential book with thought-provoking ideas.
Generally sort of mind-numbing. Perhaps it was over my head. Regardless, i didn't buy his argument.
Didn't finish it.
A dense and difficult book, but well worth the trouble.
This book is heavy, boy.
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