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Publication Date: 2013
Series: Illuminations: Theory & Religion
Beyond Secular Order is the first of a two-volume workthat expands upon renowned theologian John Milbank’sinnovative attempt to understand both theology and modern thoughtbegun in his previously published classic text Theology andSocial Theory.
- Continues Milbank’s innovative attempt to understand boththeology and modern thought begun in Theology and SocialTheory – considered a classic work in the development ofsystematic theology
- Authored by one of the world’s most influential andhighly regarded contemporary theologians
- Draws on a sweep of ideas and thinkers to argue that modernsecularism is a form of Christian heresy that developed from theMiddle Ages and can only be overcome by a renewed account ofChristendom
- Shows how this heresy can be transformed into a richer blend ofreligion, modernity and politics
- Reveals how there is a fundamental homology between modernideas about ontology and knowledge and modern ideas about politicalaction, expressed in both theory and practice
John Milbank is Professor of Religion, Politics andEthics at the University of Nottingham, where he also directs theCentre of Theology and Philosophy. Considered one of the leadingcontemporary theologians, Milbank first gained internationalrecognition with Theology and Social Theory (1990), whichlaid the theoretical foundations for the movement which laterbecame known as Radical Orthodoxy. In recent years he hascollaborated on three books with Creston Davis and thecontroversial philosopher Slavoj ?i?ek: Theology and thePolitical: The New Debate (2005), The Monstrosity of Christ:Paradox or Dialectic (2009), and Paul’s New Moment:Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology(2010).
"Readers familiar with Milbanks work will appreciate his focused prose while extensive footnotes referencing his previous work provide background information for others." (Religious Studies Review, 7 December 2015)
"...Interesting, creative, suggestive, and beguiling… [Milbank] is fearless in his cross-examination of modern secularist assumptions about the autonomy of philosophy and its much-heralded liberation from theologys apron strings." (Church Times, 24 August 2015)"Such a vision is partial and imperfect, but its a signpost that, as we continue to watch modern metaphysics and politics develop, will be an important critical and constructive dialogue partner for a long time to come." (Mockingbird, 14 February 2014)
"Here, in Beyond Secular Order, he offers a more concise systematic analysis focusing on the ontological and political dimensions of modernity. He lays bare the deep connections between metaphysical assumptions, on the one hand, and political and social implications, on the other." (SOPHIA 2015)