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Awaiting the King (Cultural Liturgies) (#3 in Cultural Liturgies Series)

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In this culmination of his widely read and highly acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project, James K. A. Smith examines politics through the lens of liturgy. What if, he asks, citizens are not only thinkers or believers but also lovers? Smith explores...


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In this culmination of his widely read and highly acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project, James K. A. Smith examines politics through the lens of liturgy. What if, he asks, citizens are not only thinkers or believers but also lovers? Smith explores how our analysis of political institutions would look different if we viewed them as incubators of love-shaping practices--not merely governing us but forming what we love. How would our political engagement change if we weren't simply looking for permission to express our "views" in the political sphere but actually hoped to shape the ethos of a nation, a state, or a municipality to foster a way of life that bends toward shalom?

This book offers a well-rounded public theology as an alternative to contemporary debates about politics. Smith explores the religious nature of politics and the political nature of Christian worship, sketching how the worship of the church propels us to be invested in forging the common good. This book creatively merges theological and philosophical reflection with illustrations from film, novels, and music and includes helpful exposition and contemporary commentary on key figures in political theology.

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James K A Smith

James K. A. Smith (Ph.D., University of Villanova) is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously he taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He is editor of In the Twilight of Western Thought in the Collected Works of Herman Dooyeweerd, and he has written numerous articles on philosophy and religion, and has a remarkable grasp of Post-modern hermeneutics and interpretation.
This is reflected in his publications Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church (Church and Postmodern Culture Series: Baker Academic, 2006); Jacques Derrida: Live Theory (Continuum, 2005), Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-Secular Theology (Baker Academic Press, 2004). Speech and Theology: Language and the Logic of Incarnation (Radical Orthodoxy Series: Routledge, 2002); Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition (Bakerbooks, 2010) and The Fall of Interpretation: Philosophical Foundations for a Creational Hermeneutic (InterVarsity Press, 2000).


He is preparing four volumes The Violence of Finitude: Derrida and the Logic of Determination; Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Learning and the Formation of Radical Disciples; The Devil Reads Derrida - and Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts and Thinking in Tongues: Elements of a Pentecostal Worldview (Pentecostal Manifestos Series; Eerdmans, 2008).
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • In This Culmination Of His Widely Read And Highly Acclaimed Cultural Liturgies Project, James K. A. Smith Examines Politics Through The Lens Of Liturgy. What If, He Asks, Citizens Are Not Only Thinkers Or Believers But Also Lovers? Smith Explores How Our Analysis Of Political Institutions Would Look Different If We Viewed Them As Incubators Of Love-shaping Practices--not Merely Governing Us But Forming What We Love. How Would Our Political Engagement Change If We Weren't Simply Looking For Permission To Express Our "views" In The Political Sphere But Actually Hoped To Shape The Ethos Of A Nation, A State, Or A Municipality To Foster A Way Of Life That Bends Toward Shalom?<br> <br> This Book Offers A Well-rounded Public Theology As An Alternative To Contemporary Debates About Politics. Smith Explores The Religious Nature Of Politics And The Political Nature Of Christian Worship, Sketching How The Worship Of The Church Propels Us To Be Invested In Forging The Common Good. This Book Creatively Merges Theological And Philosophical Reflection With Illustrations From Film, Novels, And Music And Includes Helpful Exposition And Contemporary Commentary On Key Figures In Political Theology.