Dear Friends and Family
When I first came here to Nottingham I had never heard of Radical Orthodoxy. John Milbank and Simon Oliver were names I only knew through Bibledex and if you had said the name Catherine Pickstock to me I’d have said, ‘To be honest, I don’t know who that is.’ Then I started meeting people, talking to my colleagues and the floodgates of Radical Orthodoxy were opened. I inundated myself, trying to learn as much as I could about this, at times quite controversial, new––well, it isn’t exactly a movement. One of the definitions that is often bandied about amongst proponents and friends of Radical Orthodoxy is, ‘If Radical Orthodoxy is anything, it is a theological sensibility.’ In essence, this sensibility seeks to do theology traditionally, that is historically, paying special attention to Thomas Aquinas and the Church Fathers, as well as Plato, Aristotle, and some of the Neo-Platonists. The areas of philosophy and theology covered, critiqued, and endorsed by the Radically Orthodox are myriad, and include: Politics, Phenomenology, Speculative Realism, Neo-Platonism, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Motion, Metaphysics, Science, Resourcement (a return to the sources, i.e. the Church Fathers), Catholic Theology, Liturgy, Analogy of Being, Nominalism, Nihilism, and more.
Theology and Social Theory by John Milbank
After Writing by Catherine Pickstock
Introducing Radical Orthodoxy by James K. A. Smith
I hope you enjoy the links.