I have been reading books on political theology. Just finished one this afternoon that is Introducing Radical Orthodoxy by James K. A. Smith. He is a prolific writer and a clear thinker. His writing is lucid and easy to understand. But my point is not about his writing.
This new sensibility called Radical Orthodoxy seems to clear out a new ground in discussing Christian integration with other disciplines. It ground itself in platonic philosophy, especially the one espoused by Augustine. In arguing that every ontology is a participation in the divine life of Trinity, criticizing that those who are not grounded in that divine life as nihilist, they intend to hail theology back as the queen of the sciences. If there is no neutral standpoint, then why take the modern one? RO argues that Christianity has exactly the resources for what the modern project was looking altogether—but failed miserably.
Indeed it will sound exclusivistic and intolerant in modern minds. But that is exactly what the project aims for. The church has been too accommodating with the modern metanarratives that is governed by Reason. This captivity must be judged prophetically and in doing so this sensibility risks itself to be called unreasonable by the modern Reason standard.
Upon finishing this enlightening neo-traditionalist book, I find myself reading The Prophetic Imagination of Walter Brueggemann. Reading this book is another light-bearing experience for my mind. His nice remark was, “Thus, I submit, prophetic must be imaginative because it is urgently out beyond the ordinary and the reasonable” (xv) Now, that sounds like RO! Indeed, as I delve deeper Brueggemann made reference to Torture and Eucharist of William T. Cavanaugh, one of RO thinker. There is a relationship after all.
It seems to me that there is an emerging awareness of theologian that they have been accommodating too much with the spirit of the age, whether they be conservative or liberal. These books (Brueggemann’s and Smith’s) were written at 2001 (rev. ed.) and 2005. It marks the beginning of major theological movement in the church, and where am I all these time? Theology is always exciting, indeed. I hope you, the reader, will find theology as I find it too—exciting.
18 November 2013