I will write this review in topical format, rather than reviewing chapter by chapter The authors in this book propose a new theological vision critiquing the modern project by drawing upon Patristic and Medieval sources OntologyThe authors suggest that Western Christendom experienced an intellectual fall from grace around 1300 This dealt with the nature of being or ontology Previously, for the church fathers or early scholastics, both faith and reason are included in thegeneric fr I will write this review in topical format, rather than reviewing chapter by chapter The authors in this book propose a new theological vision critiquing the modern project by drawing upon Patristic and Medieval sources OntologyThe authors suggest that Western Christendom experienced an intellectual fall from grace around 1300 This dealt with the nature of being or ontology Previously, for the church fathers or early scholastics, both faith and reason are included in thegeneric framework of participation in the mind of God Milbank, 24 This meant while faith and reason are distinct, there is no duality Likewise, creation itself participates in God God is transcendent and suspended from creation The suspension analogy is apt God is high above creation but he can and will participate in it However, after Duns Scotus elevated being to the level of God, or that man and God participate in the same being in due proportion In other words, God and man occupy the same reality Because man and God now occupy the same ontology, ontology is flattened The world is thus emptied of God For the RO narrative, philosophy degenerates from this moment onward.RevelationMost people, conservative or liberal, Protestant or Catholic, regard the doctrine of Revelation as something like a deposit of divine truth accessible by reason and or imparted graciously by God This assumes, argues John Montag, a rationalistic view of knowledge that was foreign to the Patristics and Medievals Anticipating objections to Thomas Aquinas and an alleged rational scholasticism, Montag argues that Aquinas saw revelation teleologically Montag, 43 It is one s perspective on things in light of one s final end Montag goes on to critique the distinctions between nature and supernature AestheticsThe proponents of RO want a robust aesthetics it is key to the Christian worldview Central to an aesthetics is the sublime the outpouring of God s love in plenitude 210 The sublime enters the vacant space created by postmodern chaos and in this space places the love and beauty of God Sexuality and EmbodimentCentral to their aesthetic desire and healthy creationism is a focus on the blessings of being embodied Graham Ward notes that since all creation issued forth from the Word of God, all of creation bears Christ s watermark 165 With talk of embodiment comes Christ s command to take and eat his body talk of embodiment leads to talk of the Eucharist Jesus s command is an ontological scandal space and place are being redefined ConclusionMore could be said of their politics the church is a counter polis to the nation state, the nation state being an idol They discuss the possibilities of epistemology and ontology after Wittgenstein Finally is a rewarding discussion of friendship using St Anselm.The authors urge a return to the robustness of the Medieval age Of course, the hindsight of postmodernism will condition our applications of medievalism, perhaps avoiding some of the medievals faults or perhaps not This collection of essays has a couple of keepers The City, or Displaced Bodies, for example , as well as some not so great contributions While it was designed such that chapters could be independently read of one another, some should probably be read in succession to get the full impact I don t know that I would call myself much of a John Milbank fan, but it presented new ways of looking at theology in postmodern times. An amazing collection of essays centered around the loosely Anglican Radical Orthodox theology Difficult to summarize justly, some prominent themes include a rejection of the univocity of Being a misstep largely laid at the feet of Duns Scotus which allegedly opened the door for voluntarism, nominalism, and modernity and a return to Thomas view of theology as the Queen of the sciences without, however, rejecting wholesale everything that comes after Thomas The ability of the Radical Ort An amazing collection of essays centered around the loosely Anglican Radical Orthodox theology Difficult to summarize justly, some prominent themes include a rejection of the univocity of Being a misstep largely laid at the feet of Duns Scotus which allegedly opened the door for voluntarism, nominalism, and modernity and a return to Thomas view of theology as the Queen of the sciences without, however, rejecting wholesale everything that comes after Thomas The ability of the Radical Orthodoxy to engage with postmodernism in a way that doesn t sell out Christian doctrine is intellectually satisfying while being mostly sound and sane some of the things they say about gender are weird Overall, this is some essential reading for intellectually serious Christians This was a collection of hits and misses for me Some of the essays were of extreme value for me personally, while others were paragons of boredom Hemming s essay on Heidegger is actually one of the best arguments for a developed Mariology I, a born and raised Protestant, have ever read Hanby s essay on Augustine was devotional as much as intellectual reading The last three essays on aesthetics, perception and music were all great But, others were almost painful to get through Ward s essay This was a collection of hits and misses for me Some of the essays were of extreme value for me personally, while others were paragons of boredom Hemming s essay on Heidegger is actually one of the best arguments for a developed Mariology I, a born and raised Protestant, have ever read Hanby s essay on Augustine was devotional as much as intellectual reading The last three essays on aesthetics, perception and music were all great But, others were almost painful to get through Ward s essay on Bodies was almost unnecessary, and I thought muchcould have been done in Loughlin s essay on Erotics But overall, a very good read Radical Orthodoxy is a new wave of theological thinking that aims to reclaim the world by situating its concerns and activities within a theological framework, re injecting modernity with theologyThis collection of papers is essential reading for anyone eager to understand religion, theology, and philosophy in a completely new light hard ones.. A mixed bag and another book I would have devoured some years ago I can seriously see this book being read by some inspired friends and causing epiphany left and right for five weeks over cheap wine, the friends then never to speak of this book again all of a sudden It is not something I can imagine ever takino down from a shelf to revisit, nor something to reccomend, lest one have to speak of the thingthan once in these couple of days we call Life.