"Milbank's work is a tour de force of systematic theology. It would be churlish not to acknowledge its provocation and brilliance."
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"The thesis is relatively simple, its orchestration is stunning in scope as well as in harmonies."
"John Milbank’s sprawling, ambitious and intellectually demanding book is in a class of its own."
Studies in Christian Ethics
"John Milbank has written a masterful review of the development of modern social thought that at the same time offers a criticism of its dominant paradigms and suggests inherent limits on its accomplishments."
Journal of Religion
Praise for the Second Edition
“Theology and Social Theory has proven to be a bombshell… We are, therefore, extremely fortunate to have this second edition with Milbank’s dazzling new ‘Preface’. Re-reading this book is always a pleasure, because it is filled with surprises that force thought.”
Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University
"When the first edition was published the reaction was one of shock. Now, fifteen years on, the shock has worn off; more and more people are questioning the universal competency of secular reason. But this make all the more important the publication of this second edition. Milbank develops an alternative which has been steadily developing and enriching in the intervening years."
Charles Taylor, McGill University
"[Theology and Social Theory] remains a dense, challenging and elusive masterpiece of a book, which has lost none of its power to intrigue and repel in equal measure."
Times Literary Supplement, Sept 2006
"This second edition is a vital aid to any reader who wishes to understand more fully how Theology and Social Theory relates to Milbank's continued publications and radically orthodox sensibilities."
Theological Book Review
"An influential and important book … instructive for students in that it analyses and challenges contemporary assumptions about society and religion." Teaching Theology & Religion
This new edition of Theology and Social Theory brings John Milbank’s classic work fully into line with his most recent views and is laid out in an easier-to-read format. It features a substantial new preface in which Milbank answers his critics by defending and further elaborating his metahistorical vision.
Provocative and well-argued, this updated classic from one of the world’s leading theologians offers a comprehensive treatment of the relation between theology and social theory, all the way from Plato to Deleuze.
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In this revised edition of John Milbank's seminal 1990 publication, a publication itself which has served as a founding document for that theological sensibility known as Radical... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charles W. Murry
Milbank's Theology and Social Theory is a long and dense work, comprehensive and meticulous in its genealogical outline of the concepts under consideration, equally meticulous in... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Charles W. Murry
I purchased the book out of admiration of John Milbank's writing style. I agree with John Milbank's "Red Toryism" and his admiration for the writings of Rowan Williams. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Nico
"Milbank could have taken a course in how to be understood by the common man.
Thesis: Milbank convincingly argues that secular modernity is built upon presuppositions... Read more
This book is a challenging read for students, and yet well worth the time spent working through it. Keep a philosophical dictionary at your side while reading the introduction.Published on May 6, 2007 by Danielle M. Kahut
John Milbank's title - `Theology and Social Theory' - is important - for it means something like `Christian theology and Pagan theology'. Social theory is pagan theology. Read morePublished on May 5, 2006 by D. H. Knight
To be able to read, criticize, say what is going on in other human societies, is absolutely integral to the Christian Church, which itself claims to exhibit the exemplary form of... Read morePublished on February 3, 2006 by Wilson Pruitt