John Milbank

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John Milbank
John Milbank, IEIS conference «The Politics of Virtue, the crisis of liberalism and the post-liberal future»-004.jpg
Milbank in October 2014
Born Alasdair John Milbank
(1952-10-23) 23 October 1952 (age 65)
Kings Langley, England
Spouse(s)
Alison Milbank (m. 1978)
Academic background
Alma mater
Thesis The Priority of the Made (1986)
Doctoral advisor Leon Pompa
Influences
Academic work
Discipline
  • Theology
  • philosophy
Sub-discipline
School or tradition
Institutions University of Nottingham
Doctoral students
Notable works
Notable ideas Radical orthodoxy
Influenced

Alasdair John Milbank (born 23 October 1952) is an English Anglican theologian and was the Research Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham,[22] where he also directs the Centre of Theology and Philosophy.[23] Milbank previously taught at the University of Virginia and before that at the University of Cambridge and the University of Lancaster. He is also chairman of the trustees of the ResPublica think tank.

Milbank is known as the founder of the movement known as radical orthodoxy, which has attracted international attention in both religion and politics. His work crosses disciplinary boundaries, integrating subjects such as systematic theology, social theory, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy, political theory, and political theology. He first gained recognition after publishing Theology and Social Theory in 1990, which laid the theoretical foundations for the movement which later became known as radical orthodoxy. In recent years he has collaborated on three books with philosopher Slavoj Žižek and Creston Davis, entitled Theology and the Political: 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). Milbank delivered the Stanton Lectures at Cambridge in 2011.[24]

Educational background and personal life[edit]

Milbank was born in Kings Langley, England,[25] on 23 October 1952.[26] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with third-class honours in modern history from the University of Oxford.[27] He was awarded a postgraduate certificate in theology from Westcott House, Cambridge.[27] During his time in Cambridge he studied under Rowan Williams.[13] He then received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Birmingham.[27] His dissertation on the work of Giambattista Vico, entitled The Priority of the Made: Giambattista Vico and the Analogy of Creation, was written under the supervision of Leon Pompa.[28] The University of Cambridge awarded him a senior Doctor of Divinity degree in recognition of published work in 1998.[29] He married Alison Milbank, also a lecturer at the University of Nottingham,[citation needed] in 1978.[30][31] They have two children.

Thought[edit]

A key part of the controversy surrounding Milbank concerns his view of the relationship between theology and the social sciences. He argues that the social sciences are a product of the modern ethos of secularism, which stems from an ontology of violence. Theology, therefore, should not seek to make constructive use of secular social theory, for theology itself offers a peaceable, comprehensive vision of all reality, extending to the social and political without the need for a social theory based on some level of violence. (As Contemporary Authors summarises his thought, "the Christian mythos alone 'is able to rescue virtue from deconstruction into violent, agonistic difference.'")[25] Milbank is sometimes described as a metaphysical theologian in that he is concerned with establishing a Christian trinitarian ontology. He relies heavily on aspects of the thought of Plato and Augustine, in particular the former's modification by the neoplatonist philosophers.

Milbank, together with Graham Ward and Catherine Pickstock, has helped forge a new trajectory in constructive theology known as radical orthodoxy—a predominantly Anglo-Catholic approach which is highly critical of modernity.

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

Essays in edited volumes[edit]

  • "Postmodern Critical Augustinianism: A Short Summa in Forty-two Responses to Unasked Questions", found in The Postmodern God: a Theological Reader, edited by Graham Ward, 1997 – (ISBN 0-631-20141-6)
  • "The Last of the Last: Theology in the Church", found in Conflicting Allegiances: The Church-Based University in a Liberal Democratic Society, 2004 – (ISBN 1-58743-063-0)
  • "Alternative Protestantism: Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition", found in Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition: Creation, Covenant, And Participation, 2005 – (ISBN 0-8010-2756-X)
  • "Plato versus Levinas: Gift, Relation and Participation", found in Adam Lipszyc, ed., Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy, Theology, Politics (Warsaw: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, 2006), 130–144.
  • "Sophiology and Theurgy: The New Theological Horizon", found in Adrian Pabst, ed., Radical Orthodoxy and Eastern Orthodoxy (Basingstoke: Ashgate, 2009), 45–85 – (ISBN 978-0754660910)
  • "Shari'a and the True Basis of Group Rights: Islam, the West, and Liberalism", found in Shari'a in the West, edited by Rex Ahdar and Nicholas Aroney, 2010 – (ISBN 978-0-19-958291-4)
  • "Platonism and Christianity: East and West", found in Daniel Haynes, ed., New Perspectives on Maximus (forthcoming)

Journal articles[edit]

  • "The Body by Love Possessed: Christianity and Late Capitalism in Britain", Modern Theology 3, no. 1 (October 1986): 35–65.
  • "Can a Gift Be Given? Prolegomena to a Future Trinitarian Metaphysic", Modern Theology 11, no. 1 (January 1995): 119–161.
  • "The Soul of Reciprocity Part One: Reciprocity Refused", Modern Theology 17, no. 3 (July 2001): 335–391.
  • "The Soul of Reciprocity Part Two: Reciprocity Granted", Modern Theology 17, no. 4 (October 2001): 485–507.
  • "Scholasticism, Modernism and Modernity", Modern Theology 22, no. 4 (October 2006): 651–671.
  • "From Sovereignty to Gift: Augustine’s Critique of Interiority", Polygraph 19 no. 20 (2008): 177–199.
  • "The New Divide: Romantic versus Classical Orthodoxy Modern Theology", Modern Theology 26, no. 1 (January 2010): 26–38.
  • "Culture and Justice", Theory, Culture and Society 27, no. 6 (2010): 107–124.
  • "On 'Thomistic Kabbalah'", Modern Theology 27, no. 1 (2011): 147–185.
  • "Hume versus Kant: Faith, Reason and Feeling", Modern Theology 27, no. 2 (April 2011): 276–297.
  • "Against Human Rights: Liberty in the Western Tradition", Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 1, no. 1 (2012): 203–234.
  • "Dignity Rather than Right", Revista de filosofía Open Insight, v. IV, no. 7 (January 2014): 77-124.
  • "Politics of the Soul", Revista de filosofía Open Insight, v. VI, no. 9 (January–June 2015): 91-108.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicholas, Kyle (22 October 2015). "The Progress and Future of Radical Orthodoxy". TELOSscope. Candor, New York: Telos Press Publishing. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  2. ^ Bell, Daniel M., Jr. (2004). "State and Civil Society". In Scott, Peter; Cavanaugh, William T. The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion. 40. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. p. 433. ISBN 978-0-470-99735-2. 
  3. ^ a b c Milbank, John (19 February 2016). "Interview: John Milbank, Theologian"Free access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. Church Times. Interviewed by Davison, Andrew. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  4. ^ Doerksen, Paul G. (2000). "For and Against Milbank: A Critical Discussion of John Milbank's Construal of Ontological Peace" (PDF). The Conrad Grebel Review. 18 (1): 50. Retrieved 8 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Long, D. Stephen (2000). Divine Economy: Theology and the Market. Radical Orthodoxy. London: Routledge. p. 251. ISBN 978-1-134-58888-6. 
  6. ^ a b Eugenio, Dick O. (2014). Communion with the Triune God: The Trinitarian Soteriology of T. F. Torrance. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. 204. Eugene, Oregon: Penwick Publications. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-62564-036-9. 
  7. ^ Jobling, J'annine; Markham, Ian S., eds. (2000). Theological Liberalism: Creative and Critical. London: SPCK. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-281-05361-2. 
  8. ^ Lyons, Nathan Edward (2014). Being Is Double: Jean-Luc Marion and John Milbank on God, Being and Analogy (PDF) (MPhil thesis). Australian Catholic University. p. i. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  9. ^ Gay, Doug (2013). Honey from the Lion: Christian Theology and the Ethics of Nationalism. London: SCM Press. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-334-04647-9. 
  10. ^ Moseley, Carys (2013). Nationhood, Providence, and Witness: Israel in Protestant Theology and Social Theory. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-62189-676-0. 
  11. ^ Bushlack, Thomas J. (2015). Politics for a Pilgrim Church: A Thomistic Theory of Civic Virtue. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-8028-7090-2. 
  12. ^ White, Vernon (2016) [2000]. "The Future of Theology". In Percy, Martyn. Calling Time: Religion and Change at the Turn of the Millennium. London: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-4742-8116-4. 
  13. ^ a b Richardson, Graeme (2003). "Integrity and Realism: Assessing John Milbank's Theology". New Blackfriars. 84 (988): 268. ISSN 1741-2005. JSTOR 43250725. 
  14. ^ Harris, John (8 August 2009). "Phillip Blond: The Man Who Wrote Cameron's Mood Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  15. ^ Kennedy, Paul (2007). "On Radical Orthodoxy". Ideas (Podcast). Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Event occurs at 0:05:57–0:06:12. Retrieved 11 February 2018 – via Centre of Theology and Philosophy. 
  16. ^ "Dr. D. Aaron Riches". Granada, Spain: Institute of Philosophy "Edith Stein". Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  17. ^ Rowe, Terra S. (2016). "Grace and Climate Change: The Free Gift in Capitalism and Protestantism". In Dahill, Lisa E.; Martin-Schramm, James B. Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books. p. 263. ISBN 978-1-4982-2546-5. 
  18. ^ Ruether, Rosemary Radford (2006). "The Postmodern as Premodern: The Theology of D. Stephen Long". In Ruether, Rosemary Radford; Grau, Marion. Interpreting the Postmodern: Responses to "Radical Orthodoxy". New York: T&T Clark. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-567-02880-8. 
  19. ^ Oliver, Simon (2005). Philosophy, God and Motion. Abingdon, England: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-134-23755-5. 
  20. ^ Shortt, Rupert (2005). God's Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-8028-3084-5. 
  21. ^ Smith, James K. A. (December 17, 2015). "Christmas, 2015: Dr. James K.A. Smith". The Anglican Planet. Interviewed by Careless, Sue. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 
  22. ^ The University of Nottingham: John Milbank
  23. ^ Centre of Theology and Philosophy: Staff
  24. ^ "Stanton Lectures". Cambridge University. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  25. ^ a b Contemporary Authors Online, s.v. "(Alasdair) John Milbank" Accessed 9 March 2009
  26. ^ Date of birth information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF). Retrieved on 14 February 2018.
  27. ^ a b c Grumett, David (2011). "Radical Orthodoxy". The Expository Times. 122 (6): 261. doi:10.1177/0014524610394523. ISSN 1745-5308. 
  28. ^ Davis, Richard A. (2013). The Political Church and the Profane State in John Milbank and William Cavanaugh (PhD thesis). Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh. p. 220. hdl:1842/8216Freely accessible. 
  29. ^ "Participants: John Milbank". John Templeton Foundation. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  30. ^ "MILBANK, Prof. (Alasdair) John"Paid subscription required. Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2018. 
  31. ^ Williams, Rowan (1995) [1994]. A Ray of Darkness. Lanham, Maryland: Cowley Publications. p. 199. ISBN 978-1-4616-6072-9. 

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