Radical Orthodoxy and Political Theology

College University of Trinity College, Faculty of Divinity
Course Code TRT3626HF
Semester First Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

“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.

Syllabus http://www.trinity.utoronto.ca/UserFiles/Document/Divinity/TRT%203626HF%20-%202…
Schedule MonTueWedThu
Start & End Date Jun 11, 2012 - Jun 21, 2012
Start Time 9:00
End Time 12:00
Minimum Enrolment 0
Maximum Enrolment 10
Enrolment Notes

Withdrawal deadline:  June 13, 2012

Additional Notes

Location:  Larkin Building, room 211

Schedule Notes

<p>Mondays through Thursdays, June 11-21</p>

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Means of Evaluation
Currently Offered Summer 2012