Radical Orthodoxy


Radical Orthodoxy began with the view that what was to be salvaged from twentieth-century theology was mainly the contribution of the nouvelle théologie and above all the work of Henri de Lubac. Most modern theology since the seventeenth century had been captive to a false grace/nature, faith/reason dualism that was partially responsible for ushering in secularisation. Lubac’s humanism goes along with the greater Christological grounding of his theology: only Christ, as God, is the true man, just as only deified man is natural man, yet it is indeed a man who alone shows God, just as it is only nature itself which is exceeded. Joseph Ratzinger’s theology in its sparkling sobriety is thoroughly in keeping with the Lubacian perspective, as well as the contributions of others, like Odo Casel, Eric Peterson, Erich Przywara, Romano Guardini, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pierre Rousselot, Paul Claudel, Jean Daniélou, Louis Bouyer, G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, D. L. Sayers.

At its heart, Radical Orthodoxy is devoted to what has become known as ressourcement, namely the renewed reading of the depths of the Christian tradition in order to inform a rigorous, critical and authentically theological reading of our own times. To achieve this it encourages students of theology to read again with renewed intensity the works of Plato, Aristotle, the patristic theologians, the Neo-Platonists, Aquinas, Scotus, and Kant.

Is ressourcement enough? Is it enough to recover, after Lubac and many others, an authentic paleo-Christianity? Clearly the thinkers of the nouvelle théologie thought of ressourcement as but the prelude to a new speculative and constructive effort. It is, in a sense, the task of this ‘next phase’ which Radical Orthodoxy has sought to take up, in a wider ecumenical context.


Radical Orthodoxy: A New Theology
by John Milbank and Catherine Pickstock
(Routledge, 1998)

Divine Economy: Theology and the Market 
by D. Stephen Long
(Routledge, 2000)

Truth in Aquinas
by John Milbank and Catherine Pickstock
(Routledge, 2000)

Cities of God
by Graham Ward
(Routledge, 2000)

Liberation Theology after the End of History: The Refusal to Cease Suffering
by Daniel Bell
(Routledge, 2001)

Genealogy of Nihilism
by Conor Cunningham
(Routledge, 2002)

Speech and Theology: Language and the Logic of Incarnation
by James K.A. Smith
(Routledge, 2002)

Being Reconciled: Ontology and Pardon
by John Milbank
(Routledge, 2003)

Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II
by Tracey Rowland
(Routledge, 2003)

Augustine and Modernity
by Michael Hanby
(Routledge, 2003)

Truth in the Making: Creative Knowledge in Theology and Philosophy
by Robert C. Miner
(Routledge, 2003)

The Radical Orthodoxy Reader
by John Milbank and Simon Oliver
(Routledge, 2009)

The Possibility of Christian Philosophy: Maurice Blondel at the Intersection of Theology and Philosophy
by Adam C. English
(Routledge, 2012)

Philosophy, God and Motion
by Simon Oliver
(Routledge, 2013)


Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason
by John Milbank
2nd edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006)

The Religious Dimension in the Thought of Giambattista Vico, 1668-1744. Part 1: The Early Metaphysics
by John Milbank
(Edwin Mellen Press, 1991)

The Religious Dimension in the Thought of Giambattista Vico, 1668-1744. Part 2: Language, Law and History
by John Milbank
(Edwin Mellen Press, 1992)

The Word Made Strange: Theology, Language, Culture
by John Milbank
(Wiley-Blackwell, 1997)

The Suspended Middle: Henri de Lubac and the Renewed Split in Modern Catholic Theology
by John Milbank
2nd edition (Eerdmans, 2014)

Theological Perspectives on God and Beauty
by John Milbank, Graham Ward, Edith Wyschogrod
(T&T Clark, 2003)

SIC v: Theology and the Political: The New Debate
by Creston Davis and John Milbank
(Duke University Press, 2005)

Polygraph 19/20: Cities of Men, Cities of God: Augustine and Late Secularism 
by Polygraph Editorial Collective, contrib. by John Milbank, John D. Caputo  , Leon Rozitchner, Bruno Bosteels, Creston Davis, Robert Geroux, James Wetzel, Eric Gregory, Jonathan Tran, Russ Leo
Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture and Politics (August 15, 2008)

The Future of Love: Essays in Political Theology 
by John Milbank
(Cascade Books, 2009)

Paul’s New Moment: Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology
by John Milbank, Slavoj Zizek, Creston Davis
(Brazos Press, 2010)

The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic?
by Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank
(The MIT Press, 2011)

Beyond Secular Order: The Representation of Being and the Representation of the People 
by John Milbank
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future 
by John Milbank and Adrian Pabst
(Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016)

The Mercurial Wood: Sites, Tales, Qualities
by John Milbank
(Salzburg Studies in English Literature, 1998)

The Legend of Death: Two Poetic Sequences 
by John Milbank
(Cascade Books, 2008)

The Dances of Albion: A Poetic Topography
by John Milbank
(Shearsman Books, 2015)

After Writing: On the Liturgical Consummation of Philosophy
by Catherine Pickstock
(Wiley-Blackwell, 1997)

Repetition and Identity: The Literary Agenda 
by Catherine Pickstock
(Oxford University Press, 2014)

The Postmodern God: A Theological Reader 
by Graham Ward
(Wiley-Blackwell, 1998)

Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology
by Graham Ward
(Cambridge University Press, 1999)

The Certeau Reader 
by Graham Ward
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2000)

True Religion
by Graham Ward
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2002)

The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology
by Graham Ward
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2004)

Cultural Transformation and Religious Practice
by Graham Ward
(Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Christ and Culture
by Graham Ward
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2005)

Religion and Political Thought 
by Michael Hoelzl and Graham Ward
(Bloomsbury Academic, 2006)

The Politics of Discipleship: Becoming Postmaterial Citizens
by Graham Ward
(Baker Academic, 2009)

Unbelievable: Why We Believe and Why We Don’t
by Graham Ward
(I.B.Tauris, 2014)

How the Light Gets In: Ethical Life I 
by Graham Ward
(Oxford University Press, 2016)

Living the Discipline: United Methodist Theological Reflections on War, Civilization, and Holiness 
by D. Stephen Long
(Eerdmans, 1992)

The Goodness of God: Theology, Church, and the Social Order 
by D. Stephen Long
(Brazos Press, 2001)

John Wesley’s Moral Theology: The Quest for God and Goodness
by D. Stephen Long
(Kingswood Books, 2005)

Tragedy, Tradition, Transformism: The Ethics of Paul Ramsey
by D. Stephen Long
(Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2007)

Calculated Futures: Theology, Ethics, and Economics
by D. Stephen Long  and Nancy Ruth Fox, with Tripp York
(Baylor University Press, 2007)

Theology and Culture: A Guide to the Discussion 
by D. Stephen Long
(Cascade Books, 2008)

The Sovereignty of God Debate
by D. Stephen Long
(Cascade Books, 2009)

Speaking of God: Theology, Language and Truth  
by D. Stephen Long
(Eerdmans, 2009)

Christian Ethics: A Very Short Introduction 
by D. Stephen Long
(Oxford University Press, 2010)

by D. Stephen Long
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2011)

Keeping Faith: An Ecumenical Commentary on the Articles of Religion and Confession of Faith in the Wesleyan Tradition 
by D. Stephen Long with Andrew Kinsey
(Cascade Books, 2012)

Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Preoccupation 
by D. Stephen Long
(Fortress Press, 2014)

The Perfectly Simple Triune God: Aquinas and His Legacy 
by D. Stephen Long
(Fortress Press, 2016)

The Economy of Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World
by Daniel M. Bell, Jr.
(Baker Academic, 2012)

Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather Than the State 
by Daniel M. Bell, Jr.
(Brazos Press, 2009)

The Fall of Interpretation: Philosophical Foundations for a Creational Hermeneutic
by James K. A. Smith
2nd edition (Baker Academic, 2012)

101 Key Terms in Philosophy and Their Importance for Theology
by Kelly James Clark, Richard Lints, James K.A. Smith
(Westminster John Knox Press, 2004)

The Hermeneutics of Charity: Interpretation, Selfhood, and Postmodern Faith
by James K. A. Smith and Henry Isaac Venema
(Brazos Press, 2004)

Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-secular Theology 
by James K.A. Smith
(Baker Academic, 2004)

Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition: Creation, Covenant, and Participation 
by James K. A. Smith and James Olthuis
(Baker Academic, 2005)

Jacques Derrida: Live Theory
by James K. A. Smith
(Bloomsbury Academic, 2005)

Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church by James K.A. Smith
(Baker Academic, 2006)

Hermeneutics at the Crossroads
by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, James K. A. Smith, Bruce Ellis Benson
(Indiana University Press, 2006)

After Modernity? Secularity, Globalization, and the Reenchantment of the World 
by James K. A. Smith
(Baylor University Press, 2008)

The Devil Reads Derrida: and Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts 
by James K. A. Smith
(Eerdmans, 2009)

The Logic of Incarnation: James K. A. Smith’s Critique of Postmodern Religion
by Neal DeRoo and Brian Lightbody, with contrib. and resp. by James K. A. Smith
(Pickwick Publications, 2009)

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation 
by James K. A. Smith
(Baker Academic, 2009)

Science and the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with the Sciences
by James K. A. Smith and Amos Yong
(Indiana University Press, 2010)

Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy
by James K. A. Smith
June 28, 2010
(Eerdmans, 2010)

Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition 
by James K. A. Smith
(Brazos Press, 2010)

Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning 
by David I. Smith  and James K. A. Smith
(Eerdmans, 2011)

Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works 
by James K. A. Smith
(Baker Academic, 2013)

Discipleship in the Present Tense: Reflections on Faith and Culture
by James K. A. Smith
(Calvin College Press, 2013)

Who’s Afraid of Relativism? Community, Contingency, and Creaturehood
by James K. A. Smith
(Baker Academic, 2014)

How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor
by James K. A. Smith
(Eerdmans, 2014)

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit 
by James K. A. Smith
(Brazos Press, 2016)

Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI
by Tracey Rowland
(Oxford, 2008)

Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed 
by Tracey Rowland
(T&T Clark, 2010)

Vico: Genealogist of Modernity
by Robert C. Miner
(University of Notre Dame Press, 2002)

Thomas Aquinas on the Passions: A Study of Summa Theologiae, 1a2ae 22-48
by Robert Miner
(Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Questions on Love and Charity: Summa Theologiae, Secunda Secundae, Questions 23–46
by Thomas Aquinas, ed., trans., and intro. by Robert Miner
(Yale University Press, 2016)

Pocket History of Theology
by Roger E. Olson and Adam C. English
(IVP Academic, 2005)

Theology Remixed: Christianity as Story, Game, Language, Culture 
by Adam C. English
(IVP Academic, 2010)

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra 
by Adam C. English
(Baylor University Press, 2012)

Christmas: Theological Anticipations 
by Adam C. English
(Cascade Books, 2016)

Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ
by William T. Cavanaugh
(Wiley-Blackwell, 1998)

Theopolitical Imagination: Christian Practices of Space and Time
by William T. Cavanaugh
(Bloomsbury, 2003)

The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology
by Peter Scott and William T. Cavanaugh
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2006)

Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire
by William T. Cavanaugh
(Eerdmans, 2008)

The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict 
by William T. Cavanaugh
(Oxford University Press, 2009)

Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church
by William T. Cavanaugh
(Eerdmans, 2011)

An Eerdmans Reader in Contemporary Political Theology
by William T. Cavanaugh and Jeffrey W. Bailey
(Eerdmans, 2011)

Field Hospital: The Church’s Engagement with a Wounded World
by William T. Cavanaugh
(Eerdmans, 2016)

Post-Secular Philosophy: Between Philosophy and Theology
by Phillip Blond
(Routledge, 2002)

Red Tory: How the Left and Right Have Broken Britain and How We Can Fix It 
by Phillip Blond
(Faber & Faber, 2010)

Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics
by Ian Geary and Adrian Pabst
(I.B.Tauris, 2015)

Encounter Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Radical Orthodoxy: Transfiguring the World Through the Word 
by Christoph Schneider and Adrian Pabst
(Routledge, 2009)

The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Pope Benedict XVI’s Social Encyclical and the Future of Political Economy 
by Adrian Pabst
(Cascade Books, 2011)

Theology, Rhetoric, Manuduction, or Reading Scripture Together on the Path to God
by Peter M. Candler Jr.
(Eerdmans, 2006)

Friendship as Sacred Knowing: Overcoming Isolation 
by Samuel Kimbriel
(Oxford, 2014)

Graced Life: The Writings of John Hughes (1979-2014) 
by John Hughes, ed. Matthew Bullimore
(SCM Press, 2016)

Julian of Norwich and the Mystical Body Politic of Christ
by Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt
(University of Notre Dame Press, 1999)

Why the Mystics Matter Now 
by Frederick Bauerschmidt
(Sorin Books, 2003)

Aquinas in Dialogue: Thomas for the Twenty-First Century 
by Jim Fodor and Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2004)

Holy Teaching: Introducing the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas
by Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt
(Brazos Press, 2005)

The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism
by James J. Buckley and Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

Thomas Aquinas: Faith, Reason, and Following Christ 
by Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt
(Oxford University Press, 2013)

Catholic Theology: An Introduction
by Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt and James J. Buckley
(Wiley-Blackwell, 2016)

The Deacon’s Ministry of the Liturgy 
by Frederick Bauerschmidt
(Liturgical Press, 2016)

Lift Up Your Hearts: A Prayer Book for Anglicans
by Andrew Davison and Andrew Nunn
(SPCK, 2010)

For the Parish: A Critique of Fresh Expressions 
by Andrew Davison and Alison Milbank
(SCM Press, 2010)

Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition
ed. by Andrew Davison, foreword  by John Milbank
(Baker Academic, 2012)

Why Sacraments? 
by Andrew Davison
(Cascade Books, 2013)

The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians 
by Andrew Davison
(SCM Press, 2013)

Care for the Dying: A Practical and Pastoral Guide
by Andrew Davison and Sioned Evans
(Cascade Books, 2014)

by Andrew Davison
(Canterbury Press Norwich, 2014)

Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians
by Alison Milbank
(T&T Clark, 2009)

Theurgy and the Soul: The Neoplatonism of Iamblichus
by Gregory Shaw, foreword by John Milbank and Aaron Riches
2nd edition (Angelico Press/Sophia Perennis, 2014)

The Submerged Reality: Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics
by Michael Martin, foreword by Adrian Pabst
(Angelico Press, 2015)

A Theology of Nonsense
by Josephine Gabelman, foreword by John Milbank
(Pickwick Publications, 2016)

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