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Deconstructing Radical Orthodoxy

Postmodern Theology, Rhetoric and Truth, 1st Edition

By Wayne J. Hankey

Edited by Douglas Hedley


216 pages

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Radical Orthodoxy is the most influential theological development in a generation. Many have been bewildered by the range and intensity of the writings which constitute this movement. This book spans the breadth of the history of thought discussed by Radical Orthodoxy, tackling the accuracy of the historical narratives on which their position depends. The distinguished contributors examine the history of thought as presented by the movement, offering a series of critiques of individual Radical Orthodox 'readings' of key thinkers. Contributors: Eli Diamond, Wayne J. Hankey, Todd Breyfogle, John Marenbon, Richard Cross, Neil G. Robertson, Douglas Hedley, David Peddle, Steven Shakespeare, George Pattison, and Hugh Rayment-Pickard.


’… the collective impact of these essays, if even half of the conclusions are correct, is devastating for Radical Orthodoxy as a movement. This work must thus feature as essential reading in the task of critically assessing Milbank and al.'s work.’ Theological Book Review ’The contributors offer careful counter-readings of many of the main figures in the metanarrative of Radical Oxthodoxy.’ Theology

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Catherine Pickstock, Plato and the unity of divinity and humanity: liturgical or philosophical?, Eli Diamond; Philosophical religion and the neoplatonic turn to the subject, Wayne J. Hankey; Is there room for political philosophy in postmodern critical Augustinianism?, Todd Breyfogle; Aquinas, radical orthodoxy and the importance of truth, John Marenbon; Duns Scotus and Suárez at the origins of modernity, Richard Cross; Milbank and modern secularity, Neil G. Robertson; Radical orthodoxy and apocalyptic difference: Cambridge Platonism, and Milbank's romantic Christian cabbala, Douglas Hedley; Theology, social theory and dialectic: a consideration of Milbank's Hegel, David Peddle; Better well hanged than ill wed? Kierkegaard and radical orthodoxy, Steven Shakespeare; After transubstantiation: blessing, memory, solidarity and hope, George Pattison; Derrida and nihilism, Hugh Rayment-Pickard; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author/Editor

Wayne J. Hankey is Carnegie Professor of Classics at King's College and Dalhousie University, Canada. Douglas Hedley is Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at Clare College and the Divinity Faculty, Cambridge University, UK.

Subject Categories

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RELIGION / General