Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural by James K.A. Smith

By James K.A. Smith

Department stores, stadiums, and universities are literally liturgical buildings that impact and form our strategies and affections. Humans-as Augustine noted-are "desiring agents," choked with longings and passions; in short, we're what we adore. James ok. A. Smith makes a speciality of the topics of liturgy and hope in needing the dominion, the 1st publication in what is going to be a three-volume set at the theology of tradition. He redirects our yearnings to target the best solid: God. finally, Smith seeks to re-vision schooling during the procedure and perform of worship. scholars of philosophy, theology, worldview, and tradition will welcome needing the dominion, as will these considering ministry and different readers.

James okay. A. Smith (PhD, Villanova college) is the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in utilized Reformed Theology & Worldview at Calvin collage in Grand Rapids, Michigan. furthermore, he's editor of remark journal and a senior fellow of the Colossian discussion board. He has penned the significantly acclaimed who is petrified of Postmodernism? and Introducing Radical Orthodoxy, and his edited books comprise After Modernity? and Hermeneutics on the Crossroads. Smith is the editor of the well-received Church and Postmodern tradition sequence (www.churchandpomo.org).

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This architectural mode of enclosure and enfolding offers a feeling of sanctuary, retreat, and escape. From the narthex entry one is invited to lose oneself in this space, which channels the pilgrim into a labyrinth of octagons and circles, inviting a wandering that seems to escape from the driven, goal-oriented ways we inhabit the “outside” world. The pilgrim is also invited to escape from mundane ticking and counting of clock time and to inhabit a space governed by a different time, one almost timeless.

Before we theorize the nature of God, we sing his praises. Before we express moral principles, we receive forgiveness. Before we codify the doctrine of Christ’s two natures, we receive the body of Christ in the Eucharist. Before we think, we pray. That’s the kind of animals we are, first and foremost: loving, desiring, affective, liturgical animals who, for the most part, don’t inhabit the world as thinkers or cognitive machines. In chapter 4, I’ll describe this as the primacy of worship to worldview or the priority of liturgy to doctrines.

Before we express moral principles, we receive forgiveness. Before we codify the doctrine of Christ’s two natures, we receive the body of Christ in the Eucharist. Before we think, we pray. That’s the kind of animals we are, first and foremost: loving, desiring, affective, liturgical animals who, for the most part, don’t inhabit the world as thinkers or cognitive machines. In chapter 4, I’ll describe this as the primacy of worship to worldview or the priority of liturgy to doctrines. However, the point is fundamentally a reassertion and gloss on the classical axiom lex orandi, lex credendi: what the church prays is what the church believes.

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