How does worship work? How exactly does liturgical formation shape us? What are the dynamics of such transformation? In the second of James K. A. Smith's three-volume theology of culture, the author expands and deepens the analysis of cultural liturgies and Christian worship he developed in his well-received Desiring the Kingdom. He helps us understand and appreciate the bodily basis of habit formation and how liturgical formationboth "secular" and Christianaffects our fundamental orientation to the world. Worship "works" by leveraging our bodies to transform our imagination, and it does this through stories we understand on a register that is closer to body than mind. This has critical implications for how we think about Christian formation.Professors and students will welcome this work as will pastors, worship leaders, and Christian educators. The book includes analyses of popular films, novels, and other cultural phenomena, such as The King's Speech, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, and Facebook.
About the Author
James K. A. Smith (PhD, Villanova University) is the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, he is editor of Comment magazine and a senior fellow of the Colossian Forum. Smith is the author or editor of many books, including the Christianity Today Book Award winners Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? and Desiring the Kingdom, and is editor of the well-received The Church and Postmodern Culture series (www.churchandpomo.org).
Table of Contents
ContentsHow to Read This Book For Practitioners For ScholarsIntroduction: A Sentimental Education: On Christian Action The End of Christian Education and/as the End of Worship Situating Intellect: Educating for Action Imagining the KingdomPart 1: Incarnate Significance: The Body as Background1. Erotic Comprehension Perceiving (by) Stories The Geography of Desire: Between Instinct and Intellect My Body, My Horizon Being-in-the-World with Schneider: A Case Study Erotic Comprehension: On Sex, Stories, and Silence The Primacy of Perception2. The Social Body The Critique of Theoretical Reason Habitus as Practical Sense Belief and the Body: The Logic of Practice Incorporation and Initiation: Writing on the BodyPart 2: Sanctified Perception3. "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live": How Worship Works Imaginative, Narrative Animals The Primacy of Metaphor and the Aesthetics of Human Understanding A General Poetics: Imagination, Metaphor, Narrative The iPhone-ization of Our World(view): Compressed Stories and Micropractices4. Restor(y)ing the World: Christian Formation for Mission Sanctifying Perception: Re-Narration Takes Practice Redeeming Ritual: Form Matters Redeeming Repetition: On Habituation Redeeming Reflection: On Liturgical Catechesis and Christian EducationIndexes