Now available: Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics (Vol. 3, no. 1)

ROTPP3.1-CoverRadical Orthodoxy:
Theology, Philosophy, Politics
Vol. 3, Number 1. September 2015


“God, Creation, and Evil: The Moral Meaning of creatio ex nihilo”
David Bentley Hart

“Laughter and the Between: G. K. Chesterton and the Reconciliation of Theology and Hilarity”
Duncan Bruce Reyburn

“A Supernatural Nowhere: How Radical Orthodoxy and Lonergan Studies have Failed to Get Along (And Why they Should)”
Jonathan Robert Heaps

Review Essays

“A Very Critical Response to Karen Kilby: On Failing to See the Form”
D. C. Schindler

“Hillbillies at the Gates: Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt’s Thomas Aquinas: Faith, Reason, and Following Christ”
Brendan Thomas Sammon

“Theocracy and Apocalypse: Political Theology of Artur Mrówczyński-Van Allen”
Paweł Rojek

Read the current issue here.

Previous issues:

  • RO:TPP Vol. 2, no. 3 — Featuring contributions from: Michael D. Stark, Peter John McGregor, Dotan Leshem, Pierre-Yves Fioraso, Orion Edgar, Conor Thomas Sweeney, and Simone Kotva
  • RO:TPP Vol. 2, no. 2 — Featuring contributions from: Ian Clausen, Mika Tapio Luoma-aho, Joseph M Spencer, Kyle Gingerich Hiebert, Ruth Elizabeth Jackson, and Simone Kotva
  • RO:TPP Vol. 2, no. 1 — Featuring contributions from: Cynthia R. Nielsen, Peter John McGregor, Nathan Jennings, Paul Tyson, David Wilmington, Maurice Glasman, and Chris Hackett
  • RO:TPP Vol. 1, No. 3 — Featuring contributions from: Cyril O’Regan, David L Schindler, Alessandra Gerolin, Christopher Ben Simpson, Matyas Szalay, Ben Schewel, Enda McCaffrey, Robert Don Adams, Steven Knepper, William Christian Hackett, and Paul Tyson.
  • RO:TPP Vol. 1, Nos. 1 & 2 — “What is Life? A Double Special Issue” — Featuring contributions from: Tracey Rowland, Alessandra Gerolin, Graham Ward, Louis Dupré, Beáta Tóth, John Milbank, Adrian J Walker, Agata Bielik-Robson, William Christian Hackett, Evandro Botto, Marcia Pally, Lorenzo Ornaghi, Adrian Pabst, David C Schindler, Paul Tyson, Ian Warlick, Stratford Caldecott, Neil Turnbull, William Desmond, and Christopher Ben Simpson.

A Theological Symposium: Thomism and Predestination


Dear Friends of the Thomistic Institute,

We are pleased to announce an upcoming theological symposium co-sponsored by the Aquinas Center (Ave Maria University) and the Thomistic Institute, titled “Thomism and Predestination” on January 25-27, 2016 at Ave Maria University.

Please see the attached poster for the list of speakers.

For registration and general inquiries, please see and

For more information and to stay updated with Thomistic Institute happenings, please visit our website and “Like” us on Facebook.

With thanks,
Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP


The Beacon Project

See below for information on The Beacon Project:

From Angela Knobel:

The “Beacon Project” is an interdisciplinary project funded by a 3.9 million dollar grant from the Templeton World Charity foundation.  Our project hypothesizes that that a full understanding of morality and virtue can be achieved only by examining the morally excellent.  As part of our project, we are offering a number of research grants to psychologists, philosophers and theologians.

Executive Summary

We believe that a full understanding of morality and virtue can be achieved only by examining the morally excellent, for example, those who risked their lives saving others during the Holocaust (Monroe, 2006), or members of the Amish community who demonstrated forgiveness following the slaughter of 10 Amish schoolgirls in 2006 (Dreher, 2006). Just as much attention has been paid to how geniuses and high-performing businesses function and thrive, the morally exceptional represent a form of “genius” that deserves such attention.


  • Researchers and scholars in three disciplines.

  • The Wake Forest interdisciplinary and student communities.

  • Individuals wishing to cultivate their own morality.

  • Parents and educators wishing to cultivate children’s morality.

We believe:

This project is the seed needed to realize a long-term, broadly rooted dedication to the study of the morally exceptional.

For more information, including details on the project team, forthcoming events and conferences, as well as various Request for Proposals in the areas of Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology, please see The Beacon Project Website.


New and forthcoming in the Veritas series

We have three books to announce in the Veritas series: one just published, and two forthcoming edited collections. The first is: Facing the Other: John Paul II, Levinas, and the Body, by Nigel Zimmermann, with a foreword by Brice de Malherbe. Download a promotional flyer for this book here [PDF].

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Publication description:

What is the significance of the body? What might phenomenology contribute to a theological account of the body? And what is gained by prolonging the overlooked dialogue between St. John Paul II and Emmanuel Levinas? Nigel Zimmermann answers these questions through the agreements and the tensions between two of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. John Paul II, the Polish pope, philosopher, and theologian, and Emmanuel Levinas, the French-Jewish philosopher of Lithuanian heritage, were provocative thinkers who courageously faced and challenged the assumptions of their age. Both held the human person in high regard and did their thinking with constant reference to God and to theological language. Zimmermann does not shirk from the challenges of each thinker and does not hide their differences. However, he shows how they bequeath a legacy regarding the body that we would overlook at significant ethical peril. We are called, Zimmermann argues, to face the other. In this moment God refuses a banal marginalization and our call to responsibility for the other person is issued in their disarming vulnerability. In the body, philosophy, theology, and ethics converge to call us to glory, even in the paradox of lowly suffering.


“Zimmermann’s work uncovers and articulately discloses moments of sincere dialogue between two influential figures of twentieth-century philosophical thought: John Paul II and Emmanuel Levinas. These moments are exploited for what they give to a contemporary theology of the body, without in any way ignoring points of significant difference.” — Michael Purcell, (1956-2013), Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, University of Edinburgh

“Karol Wojtyla and Emmanuel Levinas, obviously two of the great thinkers of the twentieth century, each profoundly original and deeply immersed in his own distinctive tradition, were yet able to meet in fruitful conversation on central questions about human nature and destiny, as Nigel Zimmermann shows in this lucidly and elegantly argued account.” — Fergus Kerr, Honorary Fellow, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

“Facing the Other . . . draws out the significance of the difference between a religious tradition whose God is wholly other, and the Christian claim that God became incarnate. Along the way, Zimmermann offers the reader a ‘theology of the body for grown-ups’ as he explains the centrality of the nuptial mystery and its Trinitarian foundations in the thought of Wojtyła/John Paul II. The work is beautifully crafted.” — Tracey Rowland, Dean and Permanent Fellow in Political Philosophy and Continental Theology, John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Download a promotional flyer of Facing the Other here [PDF].

Also now available:

The Role of Death in Life: A Multidisciplinary Examination of the Relationship between Life and Death, edited by John Behr and Conor Cunningham.

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Book description:

The relation between life and death is a subject of perennial relevance for all human beings, and indeed, the whole world and the entire universe, in as much as, according to the saying of ancient Greek philosophy, all things that come into being pass away. Yet it is also a topic of increasing complexity, for life and death now appear to be more intertwined than previously or commonly thought. Moreover the relation between life and death is also one of increasing urgency, as through the twin phenomena of an increase in longevity unprecedented in human history and the rendering of death, dying, and the dead person all but invisible, people living in the industrialized and post-industrialized Western world of today have lost touch with the reality of death. This radically new situation, and predicament, has implications—medical, ethical, economic, philosophical, and, not least, theological—that have barely begun to be addressed. This volume gathers together essays by a distinguished and diverse group of scientists, theologians, philosophers, and health practitioners, originally presented in a symposium sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.


I: Perspectives from Astronomy, Chemistry, and Biology
1: Made of Star-stuff: The Origin of the Chemical Elements in Life
—Alex Filippenko
2: A Biochemical Perspective on the Origin of Life and Death
—Luc Jaeger
II: Perspective from Anthropology
3: Immortality
—Douglas Davies
III: Perspectives from Philosophy
4: Suffering Death
—Emmanuel Falque
5: How Do We Become Fully Alive? The Role of Death in Henry’s Phenomenology of Life
—Christina Gschwandtner
IV: Perspectives from Theology
6: Life and Death in an Age of Martyrdom
—John Behr
7: New Life as Life out of Death: Sharing in the “Exchange of Natures” in the Person of Christ
—Henry Novello
8: Is There Life before Death?
—Conor Cunningham
V: Perspectives from Medicine and Bioethics
9: The Kenosis of the Dying: An Invitation to Healing
—Daniel Hinshaw
10: On Medical Corpses and Resurrected Bodies
—Jeffrey Bishop


“In this book, the mutual implication of death and life is demonstrated from an astronomical level, in the emergence of human life from the death of stars, to the molecular level where death enables the emergence of cellular life, through anthropological, philosophical, and theological insights, to the realm of medical care for the dying, where it is claimed that ‘only theology can save medicine.’ A profound and challenging book.” — Andrew Louth, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University, United Kingdom

“How can Christians defend the place of natural death and the death consequent upon sin, whilst continuing to insist upon the undying character of true life as such and so the reality of resurrection? These penetrating essays by several of the leading theological thinkers of our times will powerfully help the reader to ponder these crucial matters of our contemporary mortality.” — John Milbank, Research Professor and Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy University of Nottingham

“For once, it is not a polite exaggeration to say this is a ‘unique’ book. The breadth of disciplines represented and the originality of the analysis offered make it an exceptional contribution to current debates. Anyone who thinks the dialogue between theology and the natural sciences is, at best, an exchange of uncomprehending platitudes, will have to think again in the face of these expert, challenging essays, which show that an orthodox theology of our embodied condition can be culturally transformative.” — Rowan Williams,Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

“A substantive, important, and provocative volume. The insights of the essays it encompasses will richly reward the reader.” — H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr., Professor of Philosophy, Rice University, Professor Emeritus, Baylor College of Medicine

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Forthcoming in the Veritas series:

The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person, edited by Eric Austin Lee and Samuel Kimbriel.


It is surely not coincidental that the term “soul” should mean not only the center of a creature’s life and consciousness but also a thing or action characterized by intense vivacity (“that bike’s got soul!”). It also seems far from coincidental that the same contemporary academic discussions that have largely cast aside the language of “soul” in their quest to define the character of human mental life should themselves be so—how to say it?—bloodless, so lacking in soul. This volume arises from the opposite premise, namely that the task of understanding human nature is bound up with and in important respects dependent upon the more critical task of learning to be fully human, of learning to have soul. The papers collected here are derived from a Summer 2013 conference in Oxford (itself a vivacious event) sponsored by the Centre of Theology and Philosophy and together explore the often surprising landscape that emerges when human consciousness is approached from this angle. Drawing upon literary, philosophical, theological, historical, and even musical modes of analysis, the essays of this volume vividly remind the reader of the power of the ancient language of soul over against contemporary impulses to reduce, fragment, and overly determine human selfhood.

[Endorsements, cover image, and order information forthcoming.]


Now available: The Great Grace: Receiving Vatican II Today

Zimmermann-AGreatGraceNow available: The Great Grace: Receiving Vatican II Today, edited by Nigel Zimmermann (Bloomsbury Publishing; 160pp+).

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Publication description:

Nigel Zimmermann presents critical reflections from leading Catholic prelates and scholars on the significance of the Second Vatican Council fifty years after it began. These include two senior Cardinals, one of whom is the head of the Congregation of Bishops and the other a member of Pope Francis’ new advisory body on reforming the Roman Curia, as well as Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.

Together with thinkers from North America, the UK, Rome and Australia, they take up key themes from the Conciliar documents and assess the reception of the Council half a century on from its inception. In doing so, they open up new avenues for thinking through the authentic witness and teaching of the most important ecclesiastical event of the twentieth century. These avenues include discussion of themes such as the liturgy, communio, the Council in its historical context, the role of the laity, communicating the Council in a social media world, and the task of mission in the future. This volume marks a turning point in the Council’s reception in the wider Church.


“Ecumenical Councils have typically begun in controversy, have been conducted in further controversy, and have always been followed by yet more controversy. Little wonder, then that there have been only twenty-one of them, by Catholic reckoning, in over two millennia of Christian history. The Great Grace is an important contribution from Down Under to the ongoing interpretation, reception, and implementation of the Second Vatican Council. All those committed to the real Vatican II, as distinguished from the Rorschach Blot Vatican II, are in debt to this book’s distinguished authors for their insights and for their passion for authentic Catholic renewal.” –  George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC, USA

Table of Contents:

Nigel Zimmermann, University of Notre Dame Australia

1. Yesterday’s Council for Tomorrow’s World
George Cardinal Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy

2. Communio: The Key to Vatican II’s Ecclesiology
Marc Cardinal Ouellet PSS, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops

3. A Council for the Laity? The Vision of Vatican II in Empowering the Lay Faithful
Anne Hunt, Australian Catholic University, Australia

4. From Correlationism to Trinitarian Christocentrism: Receiving the Council in the Church in Australia
Tracey Rowland, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Australia

5. Vatican II: Spirit and Letter
Anthony Kelly CSsR, Australian Catholic University, Australia

6. Mission to the Media: Lessons from Catholic Voices
Austen Ivereigh and Jack Valero, Catholic Voices, UK

7. To Awaken the Spirit: Proposing a Vatican II Faith to a Secular World
Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, Australia

8. Conclusion
Peter Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay, Australia

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A special discount for Australian residents may be downloaded here [PDF].


Day Colloquium: Radical Orthodoxy and Protestantism

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Radical Orthodoxy and Protestantism

Day Colloquium

Highfield House, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD
21st November 2015 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • Nathan Barczi: RO and Barth
  • Silvianne Bürki: Peter Martyr and Metaphysics of Causality in the Reformation
  • Sven Grosse: Critique of RO Readings of Luther
  • Boris Gunjevic: RO and Scripture
  • James Orr: Protestantism, RO and Kant
  • Adrian Pabst: respondent

Although The Cambridge Movement, or Radical Orthodoxy, emerged from a group of Anglo-Catholics and Catholics, it has since developed as a uniquely ecumenical theology, attracting the interest also of Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Christians. Even though RO has criticized the Reformation for its lack of a theology of participation, it blames this lack upon late-medieval Catholic thought rather than upon the Reformers themselves. But how far did the Reformers in fact recognize and try to compensate for this lack? And if Protestants recognize it today, can the Reformation legacy be rethought successfully? Does it, indeed, offer unique and indispensable elements to the RO vision?

Day tickets to include coffee, lunch, tea and cakes with drinks reception: £20.

Download and distribute the flyer here [PDF].


Philosophy Seminar: Jacques Maritain and England

MaritainEnglandQuarr Abbey
19th-20th September 2015
Philosophy Seminar


In 1914, Jacques Maritain (1882-1973) was the first guest welcomed in their new guest house by the community of Solesmes exiled at Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight. One century on, the seminar will reflect on the links between Jacques Maritain and England, and endeavour to investigate some aspects of the life and thought of Jacques and Raïssa Maritain which may prove of special relevance to contemporary English culture.

This seminar is organised by the Benedictine Community of Quarr Abbey,
under the patronage of Mgr Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth,
and with the support of Mr John Hewitt.

The Seminar is open to all interested.
Please contact:
Registration fee: £10 (including refreshments).

For more information including a full schedule of speakers, please click here [PDF] to download the philosophy seminar flyer.


Paul Tyson on the financial power and politics of Greek economic crisis

Oxi and Nai. What the Greek crisis tells us about financial power and politics, by Paul Tyson.

On the referendum of July 5, the Greek polity was asked whether they were prepared to surrender the anti-austerity policy agenda of their Syriza led government in order to get more loans. The Greeks answered this question with an emphatic OXI (NO). Prior to the referendum Yanis Varoufakis, then the Minister for Finance, argued that the stronger the NO vote, the more bargaining power the Greek government would have with her creditors to seek a viable re-structure of Greece’s debt. Surely, Mr Varoufakis seemed to believe, the Eurogroup would not shamelessly ride rough shod over a decisive expression of the political voice of a sovereign European state. Mr Varoufakis also claimed that the refusal of Eurozone financial institutions to extend normal operational terms to the Greek banks for the week prior to the referendum was an overt act of national intimidation, intending to influence the outcome of the referendum towards a YES vote. Mr Varoufakis implied that the anything but subtle subtext of this actions was ‘play by our rules or else we will kill your banks, and then what will you do?’ Before the referendum Alexis Tsipras also urged the Greek people to vote NO as a display of national pride in the face of the creditors demands for humiliating and damaging austerity terms.


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Now available to order: Music and Transcendence

Music_and_TranscendenceMusic and Transcendence
Edited by Férdia J. Stone-Davis
August 2015
272 pages

This collection of essays explores the ways in which music relates to transcendence by bringing together the disciplines of musicology, philosophy and theology. Music has the capacity to take one outside of oneself and place one in relation to that which is ‘other’. This ‘other’ can be conceived in an ‘absolute’ sense, insofar as music can be thought to place the self in relation to a divine ‘other’ or can equally well be conceived in an ‘immanent’ (or secular) sense. Contributors examine how music has not only played a role in many philosophical and theological accounts of the nature of existence and the self, but also provides a valuable resource for the creation of meaning on a day-to-day basis.


Férdia J. Stone-Davis

Part I Music and Absolute Transcendence:

Music and the beyond in the later Middle Ages
Christopher Page

Hearing the transcendental place: sound, spirituality and sensuality in the musical practices of an
Indian devotional order
Sukanya Sarbadhikary

‘Sonorous air’: the transcendent in Ferruccio Busoni’s aesthetics of music
John Habron

Creatio ex improvisatione: Chrétien on the call
Bruce Ellis Benson

Unwritten theology. Notes towards a natural theology of music
Russell Re Manning

Music and the transcendental
Roger Scruton

Theomusical subjectivity: Schleiermacher and the transcendence of immediacy
Jonas Lundblad

Negotiating musical transcendence
Jeremy S. Begbie

Part II Music and Immanent Transcendence:

C.P.E. Bach’s Heilig and ‘the Holy’ of Rudolf Otto: an 18th-century experience of the Mysterium Tremendum
Joshua A. Waggener

Music and world-making: Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat major (op. 33 no. 2)
Férdia J. Stone-Davis

Music and Immanence: the 1902 ‘Klinger: Beethoven Exhibition’ and the Vienna Secession
Diane V. Silverthorne

‘Where nature will speak to them in sacred sounds’: music and transcendence in Hoffmann’s Kreisleriana
Thomas J. Mulherin

Religious music as child’s play: Gadamer’s hermeneutics and instrumental music
Oane Reitsma

Immanence, transcendence and political song
Christopher Norris

Music, transcendence, and philosophy
Andrew Bowie

Purchase through Order online to receive a 10% discount from Ashgate.

Download and distribute the flyer for Music and Transcendence here [PDF].


Theology events in Manchester

ntc_backgroundFrom Stephen John Wright:

Our summer research programme is kicking off here at Nazarene Theological College. If you are in the Manchester area, you might want to consider dropping by one of our research events:

13th of June: One Day Theology Conference
Keynote: Paul Avis “Communion and Mission: an agenda for the church”

I’ll be presenting the first paper of the day, “Speaking of the Living God: The language of divine encounter”. In this paper I’ll be featuring my first sketches of a Wesleyan doctrine of God. I’ll be strolling through passages of Dionysius, Aquinas, Wesley, Williams, Tanner and others to argue that theological language is underwritten by divine presence or encounter—even if experienced as absence—and is aimed at transformation.

Details of other papers are here.

13th of June: Book launches
In the afternoon we’ll be launching three books:

16th June: Manchester Wesley Research Centre annual lecture
This year’s lecturer is my retiring forerunner, David Rainey. He will be delivering a paper on John Wesley’s natural philosophy: “Beauty in Creation”.
Event details here.

17th June: MWRC Colloquium
Paper descriptions here. (Comes with a free lunch!)


Philosophies of Christianity: New Ways in Philosophy of Religion

Philosophies of Christianity:
New Ways in Philosophy of Religion

Research Conference Organized by Pázmány Péter Catholic University

June 26-27, 2015
Szentkirályi u. 28.
John Paul II Hall


Click on the image above or here to download the flyer for this event [PDF].



Conference: Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith, and Social Justice


Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith and Social Justice

4-5 September 2015, Hosted by the Von Hügel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge

Sponsored by the Von Hügel Institute and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota (USA)

Venue: Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, CB3 0DF

Conference theme: Patents are monopoly ownerships for commercial exploitation and can also apply to living matter, from genes to plants and seeds, microorganisms to animals.

  • Should control of living matter be in the hands of private corporations?
  • Are patents on seeds defensible in developing countries?
  • Should information on the human genome be privatised?
  • Who should decide when a patent should be forbidden on grounds of immorality?

This unique interdisciplinary conference will address these and other related ethical questions, and features top Vatican officials, academics, lawyers, industry professionals, theologians and representatives of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Speakers include:

  • H.E. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations in Geneva
  • The Hon Mr Justice Richard Arnold, Judge of the High Court of England and Wales
  • Mons. Osvaldo Neves de Almeida, Vatican Head of Intellectual Property
  • Stephen Colecchi, Director of the Office of International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Dr Michael Kock, Head of Global IP, Syngenta
  • Prof David Albert Jones, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford
  • …and many more (for the full list, see our website)

Who should attend? Lawyers and patent attorneys,* theologians, bioethicists, social and political scientists, environmentalists, life scientists and students of law, religion and social justice.

*This event is accredited with 11 hours CPD by the Law Society and the Bar Standards Board

Registration, Fees and Accommodation:

Standard fee: £250 (inc. refreshments, lunches and gala dinner) | student: £160 (gala dinner not included)

***Early bird rates (£30 saving) are available until 25 May 2015***

Overnight accommodation for those needing it is available on Thursday and Friday nights at Murray Edwards College.


The conference flyer may be downloaded here for distribution [PDF].


The Dances of Albion: A Poetic Topography, by John Milbank

From John Milbank, The Dances of Albion: A Poetic Topography (Shearsman Books; March 2015).

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Publication description:

Since I come from all over the island of Britain, it is to me my locality in the world, as much as it is my nation. Of the perplexing variety of this region, I try to make sense. Throughout the island I experience landscapes that tend to evaporate, mingling with myths that loom into a persistent reality. The resulting psychogeographies are for me many, though also problematically linked and integrated. This poetic sequence is written in the hope of a true unity of Britain yet to come.

Praise for The Dances of Albion:

“Milbank is an important theologian and a dazzling public thinker, and in this book he emerges as a poet of real consequence too. His poetry has the intellectual ardour and the visionary reach that we might have expected, but it is also passionately musical, and deeply intimate.” —Patrick Mackie

“In his third collection of poems, John Milbank continues his ‘diagonalizing’ negotiations with horizontal/vertical, finite/infinite patterns and abutments, while sieving through dense local correlations of the ‘matter of Britain’. These poems take us, via ‘lands of indecision’ through ‘strange oases’ to ‘unexpected heights’, retracing the gesta of Pembrokeshire, Kent, East Anglia, Yorkshire and Northumberland, or those of West Saxons, Jutes, Mercians, Picts and Gaels. Such poetry finds a ‘sufficient remnant’ that can be brought to predict a healed modernity ‘amid right conjunctions’ even though ‘decisive history remains obscure, except through haunts of poetic darkness’. Just as Milbank as theologian insists there is no theology not still speculatively philosophical, here he shows us a visionary theology simultaneously making poetic inroads by which ‘yearnings outlast all understandings’.” —Peter Larkin

Read a sample of The Dances of Albion here [PDF].

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Conference: What’s Wrong with Rights?



A McDonald Centre conference
Christ Church, Oxford
Thursday 21 May – Friday 22 May 2015

  • How absolute are rights?
  • Do rights trump other moral considerations?
  • What is the difference between natural rights and legally recognised rights?
  • Do rights do justice to proper claims of the common good?
  • What is the status of rights in a society’s transition from conflict to peace?


  • Professor Nigel Biggar, moral theologian, University of Oxford; author of In Defence of War and “Individual Rights versus Common Security? Christian Moral Reasoning about Torture”
  • Lord (Simon) Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, former Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Dr Pierre Hazan, Centre d’Enseignement et de Recherche en Action Humanitaire de Genève; author of Juger La Guerre, Juger L’Histoire
  • Rev. Nicholas Mercer, former Lt.-Col.; the British Army’s chief legal adviser in Iraq; and Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of 2011-12
  • Professor John Milbank, theologian, University of Nottingham; author of “Against Human Rights: Liberty in the Western Tradition”
  • Baroness (Onora) O’Neill, philosopher and chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission; former President of the British Academy;  author of “The Dark Side of Human Rights”
  • Professor Esther Reed, theologian, University of Exeter; author of The Ethics of Human RightsContested Doctrinal and Moral Issues
  • Professor Julian Rivers, lawyer, University of Bristol
  • Professor David Tombs, theologian and scholar of peace studies, University of Otago, New Zealand; author of Rights and Righteousness: Religious Pluralism and Human Rights
  • Lt.-Col. (ret’d) Tom Tugendhat, former Principal Adviser to the Chief of the Defence Staff; author of The Fog of Law;
  • Professor Paul Yowell, lawyer, University of Oxford; former postdoctoral fellow with the Oxford Law Faculty for the AHRC project Parliaments and Human Rights.

Please visit for details and registration. The conference will run from 10:30am on Thursday 21 May to 1pm on Friday 22 May. Cost: £60 full rate / £30 student rate.

Download the conference flyer.

Download the conference programme.


Forthcoming Events at The Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars

Aquinas_ReverenceAndReflectionPowerful Logic: Aquinas’s Unified Theory of Prime Matter as Principle of Individuation and Pure Potency.

Tuesday 5th May, 5.00 p.m. at Corpus Christi College. Lecture by Dr. Paul Symington.

Reverence and Reflection in Aquinas’ Corpus Christi Liturgy

Thursday 28th May, 4.30 p.m. at Blackfriars.
Lecture by Prof. Barbara Walters.
Followed by optional buffet supper and a close reading of the Corpus Christi Office.

Is the Polis a Fit Place for a Good Man?

Saturday 30th May, 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Morning colloquium at Blackfriars.

A Millennium of Christian Biblical Exegesis: Augustine to Aquinas.

Saturday 27th June, 9.00 for 9.30, to 5.30.
Day conference at Blackfriars.
Papers will cover Augustine, Theodoret, Maximos, the Victorines and Aquinas. For the timetable, see the website. Book with

Dominican Study Week

6th to 10th July. Annual Study Week at Buckfast Abbey, for university students and young adults.

Thomas Aquinas on the Torah as a good form of life and worship

Tuesday 8th September, 7.30 p.m.
Lecture at Blackfriars, co-sponsored by the Oxford Council for Christians and Jews.

How to book / get more information

Unless otherwise stated above, please email to register interest in attending. Full details of these events can be found at


Mater Dei Summer School: Dr Joseph S. O’Leary on Plotinus & Augustine’s Trinitarian Speculation


Mater Dei Institute of Education
School of Theology and Philosophy

Summer School

“God in the Depths of the Mind:
Plotinus and Augustine’s Trinitarian Speculation”

presented by
Dr Joseph S. O’Leary
Sophia University, Japan

One of the original sources of the ‘theological turn’ in phenomenology, Dr O’Leary is a theologian of international renown who has engaged equally with neo-Platonism and with post-Heideggerian philosophy. He has just published the third volume of a theological ‘trilogy’, Conventional and Ultimate Truth (Notre Dame, 2015) – the companion to Questioning Back (Winston, 1985) and Religious Pluralism and Christian Truth (Edinburgh, 1996). Other notable publications include L’art du jugement en théologie and Christianisme et philosophie chez Origène.

22 – 26 June 2015
Mater Dei Institute of Education, DCU, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3

This five-day summer school will concentrate on the Enneads and On the Trinity. It will be of interest to scholars and researchers in theology, philosophy, religious studies, classics and intellectual history. The course can be taken for 10 ECTS credits; it can also be audited.

For further details, please contact Dr Ian Leask, Philosophy, Mater Dei Institute, DCU, Dublin:


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Mater Dei Institute of Education is a College of Dublin City University.


III International Summer School – Beyond Secular Faith: “RELIGION AND VIOLENCE”

Call for applications

III International Summer School – Beyond Secular Faith
21–28 June, 2015, Granada (Spain)

Organizing Institutions

Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, Warsaw
Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein, Granada
International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient, Granada
Institute of Theology Lumen Gentium, Granada

We invite graduate students and young postdoctoral researchers to take part in the International Summer School.

International Summer School

The title of our annual summer school, Beyond Secular Faith, suggests we are interested in (re)discovering and reflectively elaborating ways to overcome the limits imposed by the dominant contemporary culture. We are convinced that only a faith liberated from the conceptual restrictions and reductions (put forward by secular philosophy and theology) and centered radically on Christ can flourish in the dimension that is proper to faith, that is, in all spheres of human life.

This year the seminar is dedicated to explore one of the most ambiguous and hot debated topic of contemporary culture: The relationship between religion and violence. Are religions accidentally or essentially violent? Or on the contrary, are they or some of them the only authentic sources of peace and reconciliation? However, in discussion with other mayor religions, especially Islam, it is the Christian proposal that will be investigated from a theological, philosophical, sociological and political perspective in the seminars and in the keynote lecture.

As we experienced the summer school last year, a fruitful and amicable dialog grew in a unique way in Granada, a breathtakingly beautiful city that lies at the historic cross-roads of modernity and the Christian tradition.

Deadline for applications: 4th May, 2015

A CV and a short letter of intent may be sent to the Organizing Secretary (


  • Politics of Conflict: Christian – Muslim Encounter (Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz)
  • The Political Theology of René Girard (Michał Łuczewski)
  • Religious Violence and the Difference of Theology (Aaron Riches)
  • Religious Violence and the Difference of Theology (Mátyás Szalay)

Keynote Lecture:

ROCÍO DAGA: Violence in Islam? Origin and Development of Modern Arab Thought

Registration fee: 300€

Registration fees include accommodation, full board, course and material.

Academic Directors:
Michał Łuczewski & Mátyás Szalay

Organizing Secretary:
Eva Martínez García

More details available:


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Eerdmans’ Interventions series scrutinizes the popular and cultural lenses by which modern theological thought is (often unknowingly) studied. Featuring introductions as critical as they are timely, these pivotal studies analyze theologians and philosophical movements that have had a long-lasting impact on modern theology. Coming from the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, England, Interventions is a genuinely interdisciplinary series of mediations of crucial concepts and key figures in contemporary thought.

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Now available: God, the Flesh, and the Other: From Irenaeus to Duns Scotus, by Emmanuel Falque

Now available: God, the Flesh, and the Other: From Irenaeus to Duns Scotus, by Emmanuel Falque, translated by William Christian Hackett (Northwestern University Press; published December 30, 2014; 376pp+).

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In God, the Flesh, and the Other, the philosopher Emmanuel Falque joins the ongoing debate about the role of theology in phenomenology. An important voice in the second generation of French philosophy’s “theological turn,” Falque examines philosophically the fathers of the Church and the medieval theologians on the nature of theology and the objects comprising it. Falque works phenomenology itself into the corpus of theology. Theological concepts thus translate into philosophical terms that phenomenology should legitimately question: concepts from contemporary phenomenology such as onto-theology, appearance, reduction, body/flesh, inter-corporeity, the genesis of community, intersubjectivity, and the singularity of the other find penetrating analogues in patristic and medieval thought forged through millennia of Christological and Trinitarian debate, mystical discourses, and speculative reflection. Through Falque’s wide-ranging interpretive path, phenomenology finds itself interrogated—and renewed.

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Edited collection newly available: Apology of Culture: Religion and Culture in Russian Thought

Newly available this month: Apology of Culture: Religion and Culture in Russian Thought, edited by Artur Mrowczynski-Van Allen, Teresa Obolevitch, and Pawel Rojek (Pickwick Publications / Wipf & Stock; March 2, 2015; 252pp+).

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Contemporary philosophy and theology are ever more conscious of the fact that the model of relations between religion and culture developed in modernity is fundamentally flawed. The processes of the secularization of society, culture, and even religion are rooted in the dualistic vision of religion and culture introduced in the late Middle Ages. In seeking a way out, we need to explore domains of culture unaffected by Western European secular thinking.

Russian thought is remarkably well prepared to formulate an alternative to secular modernity. Indeed, in Russian culture there was neither a Renaissance nor an Enlightenment. Eastern Christianity retained an integral patristic vision of human nature that had not been divided into separate “natural” and “supernatural” elements. These pre- and non-modern visions are now gaining exceptional value in the postmodern reality in which we find ourselves. The heritage of Russian Christian thought may serve as a source of inspiration for alternative approaches to religion and culture. In this respect, Russian thought may be compared with nouvelle theologie, Radical Orthodoxy, and other recent movements in Christian postsecular thought. For this reason it remains astonishingly contemporary.

Praise for Apology of Culture:

Apology of Culture is a timely volume addressing the unity of theology and culture in the conditions of extreme secularization of all forms of life. The appeal to the Russian religious philosophical thought provides a fresh look at the place of humanity in the world where diminution of communities and alienating tendencies of technology become threatening factors of its stability. The volume complements sources on ‘Radical Orthodoxy’ by advancing the scope of modern critique of secularism, atheism, and nihilism.” — Alexei Nesteruk, Senior Research Lecturer, University of Portsmouth, UK

“Faced with the twin threat of moral relativism and secular nihilism, much of Christianity has become far too defensive and pietistic. To restore and renew Christendom, we need to re-enchant religious transcendence and recover the archaic western wisdom in a more culturally mediated and dispersed idiom. A more imaginatively ‘incultured’ faith can unite the patristic fusion of biblical revelation with Greco-Roman philosophy to the Romantic blending of high with popular and folk culture. These extraordinarily rich essays highlight the crucial contribution of Russian religious thought to such an orthodox yet generous Christian revival, in particular the integral unity of the person, the city and the cosmos; . . . mystical metaphysics combined with cosmic contemplation binds together nature with the supernatural and culture with faith.” — Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Kent, UK

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‘Every doctrine which does not reach the one thing necessary, every separated philosophy, will remain deceived by false appearances. It will be a doctrine, it will not be Philosophy’, (Maurice Blondel, 1861-1949)

The Centre of Theology and Philosophy is a research-led institution organised at the interstices of theology and philosophy. It is founded on the conviction that these two disciplines cannot be adequately understood or further developed, save with reference to each other. This is true in historical terms, since we cannot comprehend our Western cultural legacy, unless we acknowledge the interaction of the Hebraic and Hellenic traditions. It is also true conceptually, since reasoning is not fully separable from faith and hope, or conceptual reflection from revelatory disclosure. The reverse also holds, in either case.

The Centre is concerned with:

  • The historical interaction between theology and philosophy.
  • The current relation between the two disciplines
  • Attempts to overcome the analytic/ Continental divide in philosophy
  • The question of the status of ‘metaphysics’. Is the term used equivocally? Is it now at an end? Or have 20th Century attempts to have a post-metaphysical philosophy themselves come to an end?
  • The construction of a rich Catholic humanism

The Theology Department of the University of Nottingham, within which the COTP is situated, was awarded the top 5* A grade in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2001). Nottingham was one of only two theology Departments who submitted all its staff and was rated 5* A.

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