One of the greatest insights of much recent theology is the insistence that there is no non-theological sphere. All forms of discourse, in one way or another are theological. This I take to be the central insight of John Milbank’s Theology and Social Theory and the Radical Orthodoxy movement as a whole. The question that this raises, though is what the ubiquity of the theological means for the shape of theological engagements with culture. In other words, I wonder if recognizing the ubiquity of the theological inevitably casts theology into an agonistic mode. Does recognizing the ubiquity of the theological mean that all our discussions with other communities and cultures must be conducting solely in the mode of undermining and exposing the theological foundations of all non-Christian thought?
Put differently, does exposing the theological roots of all discourse require us to engaging in the sort of thermo-nuclear theological assault on everything outside of the Christian faith that is embodied in project’s like Milbank’s? Does the ubiquity of the theological mean that the sole mode of Christian discourse with those outside is monological and deconstructive?