Theology’s false humility

“The pathos of modern theology is its false humility. For theology, this must be a fatal disease, because once theology surrenders its claim to be a metadiscourse, it cannot any longer articulate the word of the creator God, but is bound to turn into the oracular voice of some finite idol, such as historical scholarship, humanist psychology, or transcendental philosophy. If theology now longer seeks to position, qualify or criticize other discourses, then it is inevitable that these discourses will position theology….”

John Milbank, Theology and Social Theory, 1 (1990).

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