Radical Orthodoxy and Political Theology
College: Trinity College
Instructor 1: Smith, James K.A.
Course Code: 
TRT3626HF
Semester: 
First Semester
Section: 
0101
Online: 
No
Credits: 
One Credit
Location: 
Toronto (St George Campus)
Description: 

“Radical Orthodoxy” (RO) is a theological movement often associated with British Anglican theologians John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock, and Graham Ward—though as a theological “sensibility” its impact and representatives are much wider.  Characterized by a trenchant critique of modernity, including liberalism and secularism, RO is properly understood as an ecclesial political theology that draws on Augustinian wells.  This course will offer an introduction of RO’s political theology in order to engage one of its most trenchant critics.  In Democracy and Tradition, Jeffrey Stout criticizes RO as a “new traditionalism” that he associates with Alasdair MacIntyre and Stanley Hauerwas.  For Stout, this new traditionalism, because of its “ecclesio-centrism,” effectively encourages Christians to withdraw from the public sphere and abandon the common good.  We will carefully consider Stout’s important critique and then consider a “Radically Orthodox” response, drawing on a re-reading of Augustine’s City of God in a contemporary context.

Pre-Requisites Currently Offered Next Scheduled Previously Offered Scheduling Information
Summer 2012
Start Time: 
9:00
End Time: 
12:00
Schedule: 
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Begin Date: 
Monday, June 11, 2012 to Thursday, June 21, 2012
Minimum: 
0
Maximum: 
10
Enrolment Notes: 
Withdrawal deadline:  June 13, 2012
Schedule Notes: 
Mondays through Thursdays, June 11-21
Additional Notes: 
Location:  Larkin Building, room 211
Teaching Method: 
Lectures
Means of Evaluation: