11 November 2007

introducing radical orthodoxy

Back in the spring, the CBC radio show Ideas, hosted by Paul Kennedy, introduced the overarching theological perspective provided by Radical Orthodoxy. Here's the description for the Ideas website:
The modern world seems bent on its own destruction. A theological movement called "Radical Orthodoxy" believes it has uncovered the roots of the modern mistake. David Cayley talks to the movement's founders and leading writers, John Milbank and Catherine Pickstock.
I finally listened to this tonight and found it a very lucid, engaging, and profitable introduction, suitable for an audience who might find Milbank and Pickstock's writings a bit heavy-going. I find myself in fundamental sympathy with most of what Milbank and Pickstock argue, even if I might quibble with some of the details of their arguments.

For instance, it's a bit of stretch to lay all the ills of modernity at the feet of John Duns Scotus. Certainly, however, Scotus is a important figure in the genealogy of modernity, even if the blame lies more in the reception of and extrapolation from Scotus than in Scotus himself.

Nevertheless, Radical Orthodoxy's diagnosis of the tendencies in thought and practice plaguing modernity strike me largely as spot on. As such, the perspective provided by the viewpoint is well worth our interaction and consideration.

The podcast is available for download here, hosted by the University of Notthingham's Centre of Theology and Philosophy. Thanks to Matt at religiocity for pointing this out.