Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason (Signposts in Theology Ser.)

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A comprehensive critique of modern social theory from a Christian point of view. Shows how an engagement with postmodern thought opens the way to a theology that offers a more specifically Christian account of history and society.

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In recent years, theology has tried to legitimate itself by absorbing the method and conclusions of the social sciences. However, theologians are too little aware of the theological and anti-theological assumptions built into these disciplines themselves.

In retracing the genesis of scientific discourses about society, John Milbank's highly acclaimed book (now available in paperback) brings these assumptions to light, and shows how their hidden presence compromises claims to scientific status. On this basis it calls into question the whole enterprise of sociology of religion, and argues that contemporary political theology has overrated Marxism and sociology in neglecting the importance of specifically Christian traditions of social thought. At the same time as developing a specific and controversial argument, the book provides the only existing comprehensive treatment of the relation between theology and social theory, all the way from Plato to Deleuze.

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Professor John Milbank teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He was formerly a Fellow of Peterhouse and Reader in Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge.

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