Christian Books, Bibles, Music & More - 1.888.395.0572
Call our Toll Free Number:
Find us on:
Follow Us On 

Twitter!   Join Us On Facebook!

Christian Bookstore .Net is a leading online Christian book store.

Shop Christian Books, Bibles, Jewelry, Church Supplies, Homeschool Curriculum & More!

Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition: Creation, Covenant, and Participation [Paperback]

By James K. A. Smith (Contributor)
Our Price $ 29.75  
Retail Value $ 35.00  
You Save $ 5.25  (15%)  
Item Number 144978  
Buy New $29.75
Out Of Stock!
Discontinued - Out Of Print
The manufacturer has discontinued this product and no longer offers it for sale. We are unable to obtain more stock.

Item Specifications...

Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   1.37 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2005
Publisher   Baker Academic
ISBN  080102756X  
EAN  9780801027567  

Availability  0 units.

Item Description...
Here we have a fascinating interchange between modern proponents of Radical Orthodoxy (e.g., John Milbank and Graham Ward) and more traditional Reformed thinkers on questions like the material world's participation in transcendence, aesthetics, politics, covenant, and cultural theory. Quite illuminating. 304 pages, softcover. Baker.

Buy Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition: Creation, Covenant, and Participation by James K. A. Smith from our Christian Books store - isbn: 9780801027567 & 080102756X

The team at Christian Bookstore .Net welcome you to our Christian Book store! We offer the best selections of Christian Books, Bibles, Christian Music, Inspirational Jewelry and Clothing, Homeschool curriculum, and Church Supplies. We encourage you to purchase your copy of Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition: Creation, Covenant, and Participation by James K. A. Smith today - and if you are for any reason not happy, you have 30 days to return it. Please contact us at 1-877-205-6402 if you have any questions.

More About James K. A. Smith

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo!

James K. A. Smith (Ph.D. Villlanova University) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College.

James K. A. Smith was born in 1970 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Calvin College.

James K. A. Smith has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Pentecostal Manifestos

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories
1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > Religious   [1337  similar products]
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Theology > General   [4167  similar products]
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > General   [8607  similar products]
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Philosophy   [1924  similar products]
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Protestant   [815  similar products]

Similar Products
Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-secular Theology
Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-secular Theology
Item: 144987

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Cultural Liturgies)
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Cultural Liturgies)
Item: 598274

Whose Community? Which Interpretation?: Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church (The Church and Postmodern Culture)
Whose Community? Which Interpretation?: Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church (The Church and Postmodern Culture)
Item: 706288

Reviews - What do our customers think?
Reformed Interaction with a New Augustinianism  Jan 13, 2008

This is the second attempt by Reformed writers to interact with a movement that appears to have little to do with Reformed theology, is absent from current Reformed discussions, and whose high level of academic erudition will be lost on the average reader in the Reformed pew. Still, Radical Orthodoxy (RO) represents a left-wing, Anglo-Catholic response to modernity and secularism. RO is to be applauded for asking all the right questions, even when they give very bad answers to them.

James K. A. Smith begins the foray by summarizing RO's thought and pointing out key differences between RO and the Reformed Tradition (RT). RO holds to a platonic ontology whereby men relate to God via participation. Michael Horton will later respond that "covenant" is a better category than "participation." RO holds that Calvinism stems from modernity in that it appropriates a Scotist ontology that flattens reality (there might be more truth in this than we would comfortably admit--JA). This translates into a stale Eucharistic theology whereby Christ is absent. Laura Smit gives a good, rich response by means of articulating a truly Calvinian sacramentology. RO rightly wants to see theology take the place as champion among all disciplines. It sees a unified faith that speaks to all areas of life and rightly resists all unbiblical dualisms. Unfortunately, it ends up sounding like socialist rhetoric baptized in Christian categories.

I will focus on a few essays from the book. John Milbank, while firmly disagreeing with Reformed theology, helpfully outlines RO's vision: a vision of an alternative Protestantism. Milbank insists we need an alternative Protestantism because the 16thC Reformation, necessary as it was, was the birth-child of modernity and couldn't escape modernity's embryonic secular presuppositions. Fortunately, RO maintains a way for the church to truly be the Church, being obedient to Scripture, while avoiding the necessary secularism of modernity. I won't waste too much time in responding to Milbank save to say that Milbank's critique of capitalism (Milbank fails to distinguish between capitalism and corporationism) and defense of socialism, when not openly contradictory (e.g., Milbank wants a "decentralized socialism") is necessarily operating on secular presuppositions. Interestingly, Milbank gives a good defense on why there still might be fairies in the world. I was convinced.

Michael Horton has the best essay in the book, "Covenant and Participation." Horton appreciatively follows the RO critique of Enlightenment epistemology. He then uses Kant and the postmodernists to set the stage for a failure of all non-biblical epistemologies. Horton shows that God meets us as a stranger. He meets us in Word and in Sacrament (e.g., the Emmaus Road). Kant and the Postmodernists are absolutely correct in that we cannot reason our way to God (e.g., the death of all natural theologies), but they never considered that God would condescend to meet us by means of Revelation, Incarnation, and Sacrament. Horton's essay was a true tour de force.

What Can We Learn from RO?
Many RTs will balk at RO's Anglo-Catholicism. Some will cringe at the overt Platonism. Others will criticize the socialism. So what do ROs offer us? They force us to interact with the best of postmodern literature. When I had to defend capitalism and the free market against their socialism, I had to rethink my position and make sure my premises were biblical (they were!). ROs, while never entirely successful, seek to free the church from dualisms and anything that might downgrade creation.

Write your own review about Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition: Creation, Covenant, and Participation

Customer Support: 1-888-395-0572
Welcome to Christian Bookstore .Net

Our team at Christian Bookstore .Net would like to welcome you to our site. Our Christian book store features over 150,000 Christian products including Bibles, Christian music, Christian books, jewelry, church supplies, Christian gifts, Sunday school curriculum, purity rings, homeschool curriculum and many other items to encourage you in your walk with God. Our mission is to provide you with quality Christian resources that you can benefit from and share with others. The best part is that our complete selection of Christian books and supplies is offered at up to 20% off of retail price! Please call us if you have any questions or need assistance in ordering at 1-888-395-0572. Have a blessed day.

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Customer Support