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Fairy Lights

Chris Baker, William Temple Professor of Religion, Belief and Public Life at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of Research at the William Temple Foundation

"An accessible, balanced and compelling account of recent theological and political history. Dr Forde recalls how John Milbank and Radical Orthodoxy re-connected Anglican social thought and political policy in ways not seen since the 1980s, but also outlines the challenge the Church of England now faces to think beyond the Blue Labour/Big Society paradigm to a theology of the State that can meet existential social threats such as climate emergency, growing poverty and global pandemics."

Open Book

Mark D. Chapman, Professor of the History of Modern Theology, University of Oxford

“In this wide-ranging book that does not shy away from bold policy suggestions, Joseph Forde offers a detailed exposition and critique of John Milbank, and a profound reflection on the Church’s response to the reshaping of the Welfare State after the financial crash of 2008. Forde’s lively and provocative book will stimulate all those who are interested in the Church’s involvement with rebuilding society”. 


Peter Scott, Samuel Ferguson Professor of Applied Theology and Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester

“John Milbank’s influential political theology has played an important part in the current renewal of Anglican Social Theology. Forde expertly locates Milbank’s work, scholarly and journalistic, in this Anglican tradition and assesses its contribution to debates on the ‘Big Society’ and the future of welfare. Anyone interested in Anglican Social Theology, Blue Labour, and the contribution of theology to public life will benefit from reading this book.” 

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