Wednesday, January 5, 2011


This, it turned out, was a lie. Within a couple hours of writing it, I immediately put away everything but Rushdie and picked up Zizek/Milbank. Finding Zizek rather unconvincing thus far, the most inspirational thing I've read has, in fact, inspired only the wonder of disgust. We leave you with this question: Why would anyone dedicate ten pages to Meister Eckhart? The suffering, dear reader, it hurts...

In keeping with my new found decision to start reading books I haven't read yet, I'm also thinking of beginning the trek through Theology and Social Theory. (This choice being made, of course, only because I found it in a nearby library.)


Thomas said...

Instead of Milbank, might I suggest a vacation from the genealogically troubled? Howsabout some Shakespeare, Marlowe, or a look at what Descartes and Pascal were really up to, or a gander at Gregory of Nyssa on the Beatitudes? Then there's Augustine's De Trinitate, wherein we learn that most everyone who has written about him is a bonehead - except, of course, for close readers like Lewis Ayres and James Wetzel. What I'm suggesting is that there's a world outside the orbit of Radical Orthodoxy and the Neopatristic synthesis and their overweening narratives of decline.

Scott Schultz said...

I'm already duly wary of the pitfalls that accompany genealogies (troubled or otherwise). And I'd happily spend some time reading something outside "the orbit" of RadOx were I already sufficiently well-read in the material - but I'm not. Outside of Jamie Smith's volumes on the subject, I can't say I've imbibed much of the primary literature. The thing that I find most enchanting about Milbank is his commitment to the analogia. I've read Hart wax theologically on the subject, but I'd like to see Milbank bring it to bear in broader contexts.

Truthfully, what I'm most interested in is mapping out the relationship between projects like Milbank/Hart and exegetical practices in general - and that for the sake of the humble practice of simply reading Scripture well. I'm sure Gregory of Nyssa and the gang have something helpful for me in the task (though his stuff on Moses kinda weirded me out), but I'm starting with the vaguely familiar and slowly working out from there.