Theology or Anti-Theology 'In Disguise'?
John Milbank and Richard Webster both describe the rise of
purportedly secular and scientific accounts of social and mental realities as
being either theology or anti-theology in disguise.
The emergence of a purportedly secular and scientific concept
of emotions provides an occasion to re-examine this methodology with
reference to a particular historical case-study. In this study of the creation
of the concept of emotions, the fruitful but sometimes over-ambitious
methodologies of Milbank and Webster are modified by the addition of the
category of atheology to their categories of theology and anti-theology in
disguise. The importance of this modification is that it denies that theology
in disguise and anti-theology in disguise are mutually exhaustive
characterisations of secular texts. The category of atheology includes
texts that are untheological and, as a subset, some texts that are
Contributed by: Thomas Dixon