Luminaries / John Milbank / Metaphysics and Radical(ized) Orthodoxy

The Luminaries series is a collection of interviews with premier thinkers working in the theological academy and the church.

John Milbank is Emeritus Professor of Politics, Religion and Ethics at the University of Nottingham where he is also President of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy. His most recent book, written with Adrian Pabst, is The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future.

Show Notes


Prof. Milbank’s Twitter:


de Lubac, Henri. A Brief Catechesis on Nature and Grace.

Deneen, Patrick J. Regime Change: Toward a Postliberal Future.

———. Why Liberalism Failed.

Marshall, H. E. Our Island Story.

Milbank, John. The Future of Love: Essays in Political Theology.

———. The Legend of Death: Two Poetic Sequences.

———. The Religious Dimension in the Thought of Giambattista Vico, 1668–1774: Language, Law and History.

———. Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason.

———, and Adrian Pabst. The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future.


(01:27) – A metaphysics of creativity and generosity

(06:39) – Roundtable: Maximus, Eriugena, Nicholas of Cusa, or: Schelling, Ravaisson, Solovyov

(08:48) – Phenomenology and/vs. metaphysics

(24:57) – Radical orthodoxy’s origin story

(35:40) – Radical orthodoxy’s relationship to the lived theology of faith communities

(43:22) – Temptations to cross the Tiber?

(50:05) – “Eureka moments” in Prof. Milbank’s theological journey

(58:53) – Ruskin and Christian socialism

(01:04:10) – The contemporary theological scene

(01:14:37) – British and American postliberalism(s)

(01:22:13) – What’s on the horizon for Prof. Milbank


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