Dr. D. John Milbank

He is an Anglican theologian. He was a Research Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham where he currently directs the Centre of Theology and Philosophy. Milbank previously taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Cambridge and the University of Lancaster. He is also chairman of the trustees of the ResPublica think tank. His work crosses disciplinary boundaries, integrating subjects such as systematic theology, social theory, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy, political theory and political theology in a transversal way. He first gained recognition for the volume Theology and Social Theory (1990) which laid the theoretical foundation for the movement known as Radical Orthodoxy. He has collaborated on three books entitled Theology and the Political: The New Debate (2005), The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic (2009), and Paul’s New Moment: Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology (2010).

Academic History
  • Maurice Reckitt Teaching Fellow in Modern Christian Social and Political Thought in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University 1983-1991.

  • University Lecturer in Theological Ethics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge University 1991-1997.

  • University Reader in Philosophical Theology at Cambridge 1997-1998.

  • Supernumerary Fellow of Peterhouse 1993-1998.

  • Frances Myers Ball Professor of Philosophical Theology in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia 1999-2004.

  • Research Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics in the Department of Theology, University of Nottingham; Director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, 2004-2016.

Selected Publications


  • Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason, 1990 – (ISBN 0-631-18948-3)
  • The Religious Dimension in the Thought of Giambattista Vico, 1668–1744, 2 vols., 1991–92 – (ISBN 0773496947 [pt. 1], ISBN 0-7734-9215-1 [pt. 2])
  • The Mercurial Wood: Sites, Tales, Qualities, 1997 – (ISBN 3705201131)
  • The Word Made Strange, 1997 – (ISBN 0-631-20336-2)
  • Truth in Aquinas, with Catherine Pickstock, 2000 – (ISBN 0-415-23335-6)
  • Being Reconciled: Ontology and Pardon, 2003 – (ISBN 0-415-30525-X)
  • The Suspended Middle: Henri de Lubac and the Debate concerning the Supernatural, 2005 – (ISBN 0-8028-2899-X)
  • The Legend of Death: Two Poetic Sequences, 2008 – (ISBN 978-1-55635-915-6)
  • The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic?, with Slavoj Žižek and Creston Davis, 2009 – (ISBN 9780262012713)
  • The Future of Love: Essays in Political Theology, 2009 – (ISBN 978-1-60608-162-4)
  • Paul’s New Moment: Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology, with Slavoj Žižek and Creston Davis, 2010 – (ISBN 978-1587432279)
  • Beyond Secular Order: The Representation of Being and the Representation of the People, 2013 – (ISBN 9781118825297)
  • The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future, with Adrian Pabst, 2016 – (ISBN 9781783486496)


  • “Postmodern Critical Augustinianism: A Short Summa in Forty-two Responses to Unasked Questions”, found in The Postmodern God: a Theological Reader, edited by Graham Ward, 1997 – (ISBN 0-631-20141-6)
  • “The Last of the Last: Theology in the Church”, found in Conflicting Allegiances: The Church-Based University in a Liberal Democratic Society, 2004 – (ISBN 1-58743-063-0)
  • “Alternative Protestantism: Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition”, found in Radical Orthodoxy and the Reformed Tradition: Creation, Covenant, and Participation, 2005 – (ISBN 0-8010-2756-X)
  • “Plato versus Levinas: Gift, Relation and Participation”, found in Adam Lipszyc, ed., Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy, Theology, Politics (Warsaw: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, 2006), 130–144
  • “Sophiology and Theurgy: The New Theological Horizon”, found in Adrian Pabst, ed., Radical Orthodoxy and Eastern Orthodoxy (Basingstoke: Ashgate, 2009), 45–85 – (ISBN 978-0754660910)
  • “Shari’a and the True Basis of Group Rights: Islam, the West, and Liberalism”, found in Shari’a in the West, edited by Rex Ahdar and Nicholas Aroney, 2010 – (ISBN 978-0-19-958291-4)
  • “Platonism and Christianity: East and West”, found in Daniel Haynes, ed., New Perspectives on Maximus (forthcoming)


  • “The Body by Love Possessed: Christianity and Late Capitalism in Britain”, Modern Theology 3, no. 1 (October 1986): 35–65.
  • “Can a Gift Be Given? Prolegomena to a Future Trinitarian Metaphysic”, Modern Theology 11, no. 1 (January 1995): 119–161.
  • “The Soul of Reciprocity Part One: Reciprocity Refused”, Modern Theology 17, no. 3 (July 2001): 335–391.
  • “The Soul of Reciprocity Part Two: Reciprocity Granted”, Modern Theology 17, no. 4 (October 2001): 485–507.
  • “Scholasticism, Modernism and Modernity”, Modern Theology 22, no. 4 (October 2006): 651–671.
  • “From Sovereignty to Gift: Augustine’s Critique of Interiority”, Polygraph 19 no. 20 (2008): 177–199.
  • “The New Divide: Romantic versus Classical Orthodoxy Modern Theology”, Modern Theology 26, no. 1 (January 2010): 26–38.
  • “Culture and Justice”, Theory, Culture and Society 27, no. 6 (2010): 107–124.
  • “On ‘Thomistic Kabbalah'”, Modern Theology 27, no. 1 (2011): 147–185.
  • “Hume versus Kant: Faith, Reason and Feeling”, Modern Theology 27, no. 2 (April 2011): 276–297.
  • “Against Human Rights: Liberty in the Western Tradition”, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 1, no. 1 (2012): 203–234.
  • “Dignity Rather than Right”, Revista de filosofía Open Insight, v. IV, no. 7 (January 2014): 77-124.
  • “Politics of the Soul”, Revista de filosofía Open Insight, v. VI, no. 9 (January–June 2015): 91-108.