Fortress Press

Kenotic Ecclesiology: Select Writings of Donald M. MacKinnon

Donald M. MacKinnon has been one of the most important and influential of the post–World War British theologians, significantly impacting the development and subsequent work of the likes of Rowan Williams, Nicholas Lash, and John Milbank, among many other notable theologians. A younger generation largely emerging from Cambridge, but with influence elsewhere, has more recently brought MacKinnon’s eclectic and occasionalist work to a larger audience worldwide.

In this collection, MacKinnon’s central writings on the major themes of ecclesiology, and especially the relationship of the church to theology, are gathered in one source. The volume features several of MacKinnon’s important early texts. These include two short books published in the Signposts series during World War II, and a collection of later essays entitled The Stripping of the Altars

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781451496284
  • eBook ISBN 9781506418988
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 256
  • Publication Date December 1, 2016


This collection promises to awaken fresh interest in MacKinnon’s work.

“A towering figure in 20th century British theology, Donald MacKinnon has exerted a strong influence over a subsequent generation of scholars. Though often elusive and seldom predictable, his work on the borderlands of theology combines philosophical, literary, and political concerns with an abiding commitment to the themes of classical theology and the life of the church. In gathering together these arresting essays on church and society, this collection promises to awaken fresh interest in MacKinnon’s work.” 

David Fergusson | University of Edinburgh

Indispensable collection. 

“MacKinnon was Britain’s foremost postwar philosopher of religion. Sadly, his wide-ranging writings are not readily available. This is now rectified by this indispensable collection of his essays.” 

Kenneth Surin | Duke University