Theologies Blog Posts

  • The End
    on Feb 5, 2016
    This is just a brief note to say that I'm no longer writing new posts here, though I'm planning to leaving the blog up for the foreseeable future. I still blog occasionally over at An und für sich, and you can read all of my academic publicatio...
  • Guest blogging
    on May 22, 2013
    I have a new blogpost up over at Homebrewed Christianity, in which I talk about some recent fuss over whether the emerging church/radical theology is racist and sexist. Go check it out.
  • Art, pyschoanalysis and humour
    on Jul 6, 2012 in Psychoanalysis Humour Art
    More Milbank eventually, I promise! But in the meantime, Becky Hunter and I are doing an online residency for the Philadelphia arts blog concept plus object. We're talking about art, psychoanalysis and humour, and why some of the people who first saw...
  • Kant doesn't care if you're happy
    on Jun 22, 2012
    We've talked before about Kant's categorical imperative and his idea of duty. One of the reasons that he was so radical is that he disagreed with one of the central principles of classical philosophy: that there's a link between happiness and ethics:...
  • Which came first, the individual or the social?
    on Jun 1, 2012 in Sociology Milbank
    We're settling into a rhythm now: Milbank talks about the next historical movement of 'secular' thought, we think, ah, now we're really getting to the birth of secularism, and he says haha, no, actually they're totally dependent on theology still. So...
  • He's got the whole world in his (invisible) hands
    on May 17, 2012 in Providence Milbank Politics Ethics
    Chapter 2 of Theology and Social Theory is titled 'Political Economy as Theodicy and Agonistics'. Having dealt with some of the earliest 'political' thinkers – people like Hobbes, Locke, and Machiavelli – Milbank moves on to the thinker...
  • Once, there was no secular
    on May 10, 2012 in Trinity Milbank Hermeneutics Politics
    Say what you like about Milbank, that's a killer opening line (and possibly an allusion to John 1, so make of that what you will). Chapter 1 of Theology and Social Theory argues that the idea of a 'secular' political space, where everyone lays aside...
  • Theology Wins
    on May 9, 2012 in Milbank
    Theology and Social Theory is probably one of the most important theological texts of the last 50 years or so. It established John Milbank as one of the big names in theology, and it's basically the founding text of the Radical Orthodoxy movement, wh...
  • A book review wot I wrote
    on Apr 30, 2012 in Zizek Politics
    Ages ago, I wrote a review of Matthew Sharpe and Geoff Boucher's book 'Žižek and Politics: A Critical Introduction'. The review has finally been published in Political Theology, and you can read it here.
  • Chesterton, inevitability, and the NHS
    on Mar 19, 2012 in Chesterton Politics History
    In his book on Eugenics (chill out, he thinks it's a Bad Thing, albeit for some slightly weird reasons), G K Chesterton, never a modest man, has a crack at identifying the overarching themes of different eras. The Middle Ages, was all about 'building...
  • Feminism hasn't won until you stop throwing like a girl.
    on Mar 8, 2012 in Femininity Body Gender
    On International Women's Day, it seems appropriate to think about what it means to be a woman in our society. And for all the ways that women's status has changed, it's interesting that you can still, often, recognise a woman by the way that she move...
  • Andrew Shanks on Gillian Rose (or, Why Everybody Thinks Rowan Williams Is Wrong About Gay People)
    on Mar 1, 2012 in Kierkegaard Gillian Rose Hegel
    Gillian Rose was a secular Jewish philosopher who was baptised into the Anglican Church on her deathbed. A lot of her work was on Hegel, and like Hegel she is incredibly difficult to read and understand. So, as a preface to actually reading her work,...
  • In Defence of Luther
    on Feb 22, 2012 in Bible Catholicism Luther Politics
    I've talked about Luther before; I'm not his biggest fan. So it seems fair, for a change, to say something in his defence. The doctrine of salvation by faith alone isn't without its issues, but Christos Yannaras points out that Luther's obsession wit...
  • The Catholic attitude to sex isn't Catholic enough
    on Feb 13, 2012 in Farrar Capon Catholicism Creation Sex
    Žižek's comments on the Catholic church's attitude to contraception seem particularly appropriate in the light of recent debates in the US. He says that the reason that the Catholic church objects to contraception is that sex just isn't properly hu...
  • Why The Artist Can't Speak
    on Jan 11, 2012 in Film Gender Feminism
    *This blog post contains spoilers!*The Artist is, as I'm sure you've heard, a charming film; and it's certainly not the most philosophically complicated piece of cinema ever. But there is one thing that's not immediately clear in the film itself: why...
  • Lacan on the Gospels
    on Jan 10, 2012 in Psychoanalysis Gospels Lacan
    What is recounted by the four texts described as evangelical not so much because they are good news as good announcers for their sort of news... They write in such a way that there is not a single fact that cannot be contested in them ... but that t...
  • Nature isn't natural
    on Dec 7, 2011 in Zizek Environment
    People who care about environmental issues often talk in terms of harmony and balance, as though there's a basic stability in nature which bad, unnatural humans are messing with. If we weren't here, then the great circle of life would go on circling,...
  • The Praxis of a Prophet; Or, Why Jesus probably did have a beard and carry a big stickThat's what prophets do, right? Although my great great great grandfather, a German Lutheran pastor, once wrote a theological treatise about beards and concluded that they were bad, not least because if you got the communion wine after lots of bearde...
  • Which cat is my neighbour?
    on Nov 7, 2011 in Derrida Milbank Ethics animals
    Jacques Derrida had a cat. It had a name, although that appears to be lost in the mists of history/Google. If anyone knows the name of Jacques Derrida's cat, please get in touch. I would like to know.Derrida talked about his cat as a way of talking a...
  • Prodigals, Paradigms, and Proof that Christianity was right all alongWright starts off chapter four of Jesus and the Victory of God with a re-reading of the prodigal son. Really, he argues, it's a retelling of the story of Israel. The prodigal son is Israel, who went off into exile in a pagan country, ended up a slave...
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