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22 February 2007 @ 04:01 pm
Radical Orthodoxy  
What is Radical Orthodoxy?

I am so confused.
Father Pepper Spray of Forgivenesslogodaedaly on February 23rd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
They're the post-everything theologians surrounding John Milbank. The First Things article by R.R. Reno is a decent intro, though he's ultimately quite sympathetic to them.

I think they have interesting things to say (and some of them are behind Scriptural Reasoning, which I find interesting. (I've only read the symposium on SR in Modern Theology, but it seems quite interesting.) But I don't have a ton of patience for pomo stuff, thinking theology should retain some salt-of-the-earth quality, and I feel like they're somewhat prone to Hauerwasian Christian supremacy/isolationism at times.

Clear as mud? :-P
Rose Rossroseross on February 24th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Fascinating. The intricacies and creativity of the human mind never cease to amaze me.

You know, with every day that goes by, I come closer to simplifying my theology to "Worship God. Meditate so I can hear him. Be kind and constructive in the material world." The Anne Carson poem that essinem shared keeps hitting me in the face:

"How ill our blind gestures parodied what God really wanted (some simple thing)."

I used to be entranced by scripture and apologetics, vision and myth. Now, I wonder if I've been overcomplicating some simple thing.
Father Pepper Spray of Forgivenesslogodaedaly on February 24th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
I think theology has the power to break open simple, salt of the earth ideas to enrich them — I'm reading Reinhold Niebuhr's An Interpretation of Christian Ethics right now, and he keeps showing me new ways that religious ethics ought to be open to the ideal, never settling on a given compromise. (Not that I don't know that already, but reading the book gives it greater emphasis and more depth.)

That said, if those concepts don't settle back into salt of the earth patterns, I think you start bordering on gnosticism. Doing God's will doesn't involve knowing elaborate theological schema, for sure.
babydraco on February 25th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
No, unfortunately, lol.

I'm still lost.
(Anonymous) on January 22nd, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Radical Orthodoxy
I'm not sure of what "Orthodox" in the Christian community is, and I'm a believing Christian. I do know that it is off base or off target. To see what I mean, check out this site: ref http://digilander.libero.it/Berniepros/ I hope you find something that interests you. And may God bless you.
simply "Christian"