A critique of John Milbank's Theology and Social Theory
LE3 .A278 2013
Master of Arts
Acadia Divinity College
My purpose in writing this thesis is to critique John Milbank’s claims in Theology and Social Theory (1990), which are to the effect that secular social theory is founded upon religious principles, which if true, opens the possibility of a theological critique of secularism from a Christian perspective. The method by which I shall do this is by extracting the main lines of his thought while subjecting them to critical remarks by others and myself where necessary. Theology and Social Theory will be the main text for exegeting Milbank, but some of his other writings will be engaged when applicable, and the writings of the people he interacts with will be used to flesh out and corroborate Milbank’s account. My conclusion is that Milbank has made an important contribution to contemporary theology because he forcefully shows that Christian theology can reassert itself as an intellectually respectable discipline capable of providing its own understanding of reality and its own solutions to problems of contemporary life.
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