Introducing Radical Orthodoxy
Although God is making a comeback in our society, popular culture still takes its orders from the Enlightenment, a movement that denied faith a prominent role in society. Today, many are questioning this elevation of reason over faith. How should...
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Although God is making a comeback in our society, popular culture still takes its orders from the Enlightenment, a movement that denied faith a prominent role in society. Today, many are questioning this elevation of reason over faith. How should Christians respond to a secular world that continues to push faith to the margins? While there is still no consensus concerning what a postmodern society should look like, James K. A. Smith suggests that the answer is a reaffirmation of the belief that Jesus is Lord over all. Smith traces the trends and directions of Radical Orthodoxy, proposing that it can provide an old-but-new theology for a new generation of Christians. This book will challenge and encourage pastors and thoughtful laypeople interested in learning more about currents in contemporary theology.
Provides a helpful overview of Radical Orthodoxy, highlights its areas of agreement with Reformed theology, and assesses its value as a truly postmodern theology.
"Most interpreters seem to be captive to their particular discipline--either they are theologians not well-versed in philosophy, or they are philosophers who use theology ironically or do not take theology seriously. Smith is clearly the person to write this book because he understands both philosophy and theology. I found this to be a wonderful read that accomplishes key moves not yet made among the major participants in this conversation."--D. Stephen Long, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary"Smith is always fair and kind to his Radical Orthodoxy interlocutors, yet he is able to distance himself when necessary. Persons wanting to familiarize themselves with the movement will need to read Smith''s book to get a clear picture of what drives Radical Orthodoxy theologians and to contextualize their own readings of Radical Orthodoxy authors. I was particularly impressed by Smith''s ability to lay out the key elements of Radical Orthodoxy''s approach. He writes clearly and understandably, without unnecessarily simplifying the issues involved. This book will no doubt be read with interest, as well as with profit, by theologians, philosophers, students, and other keen individuals."--Hans Boersma, Trinity Western University"I would have understood Radical Orthodoxy a lot better and a lot sooner if this book had been available earlier. Neither a mere summary nor an uncritical embrace, the book invites us to take this important and dense theological project seriously. Regardless of whether one joins the Radical Orthodoxy ranks, Smith is a highly qualified Virgil to lead us through the labyrinth. In fact, his own deployment of Radical Orthodoxy emphases is an impressive contribution on its own. This is must reading for anyone seeking a better grasp not only of Radical Orthodoxy but also of the potential for a theological rationality that eschews both the canons of secular reason and a dualistic fideism."--Michael S. Horton, professor of theology and apologetics, Westminster Seminary, California"Smith guides the reader in sparkling and lucid fashion among complex issues and debates without ever a hint of travesty. This is a fine achievement. He opens up an unexpectedly fertile discussion between Radical Orthodoxy and his own Dutch Reformed legacy."--Catherine Pickstock, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge; author of After Writing"Smith undertakes a bold, twofold task: to show us the unifying spirit that permeates the perplexing plethora of ideas emerging under the rubric of Radical Orthodoxy and to stage a critical dialogue between that perspective and the Reformed tradition. By performing both tasks so effectively, he has given a wonderful gift to both the academic community and the churches out of which these discourses emerge and to which they are addressed. Smith''s voice will command increasing attention and respect by virtue of its harmonious blend of scholarship and passion."--Merold Westphal, distinguished professor of philosophy, Fordham University"Radical Orthodoxy, like it or hate it (and many do!), is the only interesting phenomenon on the British theological scene. This is the first book-length exposition and critique, reliable in its account, fair in its objections, and itself a valuable intervention in current debates about the crisis in Christian theology."--Fergus Kerr, Regent of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford"Introducing Radical Orthodoxy more than lives up to its title, offering a sympathetic though not uncritical account of an important new theological sensibility that is clearer and more succinct than that given by some of the movement''s founders. It is a comprehensive bibliography and a clarion call to post-secular theology. Smith shuttles the reader between Amsterdam, Paris, and Cambridge in an ambitious attempt to improve upon Radical Orthodoxy''s vision through a series of diplomatic discussions with Reformed theology, particularly its Dutch franchise. Both Reformed theology and Radical Orthodoxy ga
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).
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- Foreword By John Milbank<br> Introduction<br><br>part 1:	orientation<br>1. Inhabiting The Post-secular: Why Radical Orthodoxy? Why Now?<br>2. Elements Of A Manifesto: The Movements Of Radical Orthodoxy<br>3. Radical Orthodoxy's "story" Of Philosophy: From Plato To Scotus And Back<br>	<br>part 2:	navigation<br>4. Postmodern Parodies: The Critique Of Modernity And The Myth Of The Secular<br>5. Possibilities For The Post-secular: Faith, Reason, And Public Engagement<br>6. Participation And Incarnation: Materiality, Liturgy, Sacramentality<br>7. Cities Of God: Cultural Critique And Social Transformation<br><br> Conclusion<br> Index