The Word Made Strange: Theology, Language, Culture of Christ
The Word Made Strange: Theology, Language, Culture of Christ  -     By: John Milbank
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The essays in this new book from John Milbank range over the entire field of theology and both extend and enrich the theological perspective underlying his earlier "Theology and Social Theory." In them Milbank provides a theological account of language and suggests that this offers a unique construal of the 'meaning of meaning.' He then applies this account across a wide range of theological topics, offering us a new theology which is orthodox in a suprising and disturbing way. Beyond the sterile alternatives of liberalism and a 'neo-orthodoxy' grown mechanical, Milbank suggests that the incarnate divine word is always mediated by human discourses, yet registers its presence by transfiguring these discourses down to the very roots. 298 page softcover from Blackwell Publishing.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 3/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0631203362
ISBN-13: 9780631203360

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The essays in this new book from John Milbank range over the entirefield of theology, and both extend and enrich the theologicalperspective underlying his earlier Theology and SocialTheory. The essays are focused around the theme of atheological approach to language, and offer a richly textured andbroad ranging inquiry which will contribute to a variety ofcontemporary debates.

Editorial Reviews

"This is an important work by an influential thinker. Milbank hasemerged as a major voice in contemporary theology, and he commandsan audience in broader intellectual arenas as well. Here he extendsand enriches the theological perspective of Theology and SocialTheory. He also addresses criticisms of his earlier work. Theanalysis is richly textured and ranges over diverse intellectualterrain. Regardless of whether one is persuaded by his arguments,they ought not to be ignored." Professor L. Gregory Jones,Loyola College, Maryland

"In a scintillating sequel to his upsetting Theology andSocial Theory, John Milbank once again displays his mastery ofclassical and contemporary sources in both philosophy and theology,to lead us to a radical revisioning of the universe in its source,animated by faith in a triune creator." David B. Burrell, C. S.C, University of Notre Dame

"This is a very exciting book, straddling many fields, theology,moral philosophy, political philosophy, aesthetics. It builds apowerful cumulative case against the dominant mode of modern apriori philosophizing - at attempts to establish apriori the limits of reason from the inside, or to define moraland political principles in abstraction from all the multipleconceptions of good that human beings live by, or to define thatpoetry and art become afterthoughts. Milbank brilliantly connectsthe arguments that have been mustered by certain philosophersagainst the narrowness of a priori thinking, with theinsights of Vico and Hamann's understanding of the linguisticcreativity, and links these in turn to some of the central ideas ofChristian theology. This book opens new doors, makes newconnections, and will open new perspectives for people working in ahost of fields - theology, poetics, philosophy of language, andmoral and political theory. It is a truly brilliant and insightfulwork, defining a personal vision, which will leave no readerunaffected, whether they agree or not." Charles Taylor, McGillUniversity

"In this book John Milbank continues his extraordinarytheological project began in Theology and Social Theory.Here, however, we have Milbank developing his Christological andecclesial reflection with his extraordinary creativity andintellectual depth. All those who were awed at Theology andSocial Theory will be even more awed by this book." StanleyHauerwas, Duke University

"While this reviewer finds Milbank's arguments convincing, allthose who wrestle with this profound articulation of postmoderntheology will find that- whether they are persuaded or not -Milbankwill have changed the way they think about the topics headdresses." A. K. M Adam, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Milbank rereads the theological tradition in order to offer agenealogy of modernity that confronts the latter with it's ghosts,denials and violent complicities, while tendering a radicalorthodoxy claiming cultural centrality: theology matters likenothing else...This book stands as a beacon in an otherwise rathergloomy theological scene. It is witty, thoughtful and sharp. Anyonewanting to know whether the British liberal tradition is comingshould read this book." Ian Markham Liverpool Hope UniversityCollege

"It is the rare work in contemporary theology that generates asense of intellectual excitement. Even where I am not persuaded byMilbank's arguments, I cannot help but admire the skill andintelligence with which he formulates them. To be recommended toanyone who takes the task of contemporary theology seriously."Michael L. Raposa, Lehigh University

"Where Milbank is superior, and can be read with great profit bypresuppositionalists, is in his attention to the cultural, social,and political dimensions of Christianity." Peter Leithart,Cambridge University

"Certainly one can see here a major mind at work, and it iscertainly commendable to engage those influential thinkers." MaxStackhouse, Princeton Theological Seminary

"The World Made Strange provides a very usefulintroduction to the thought of one of today's most importantintellectuals....Milbank's successful theological performances onthe themes of revelation and anthropology have the power to guidethe reader toward independent and perhaps more successfulchristological reflections." R. R. Reno, Pro Ecclesia

"Milbank draws out linguistic, cultural, political, andphilosophical dimensions of christology, pneumatology, and ethicsin his own distinctive mode: he is rigorously critical, postmodern,and theologically orthodox. The result is intensely challenging."A.K.M. Adam, Princeton Theological Seminary

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