Imagining the Kingdom (Cultural Liturgies): How Worship Works

Imagining the Kingdom (Cultural Liturgies): How Worship Works

by James K. A. Smith

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Overview

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 formation--both "secular" and Christian--affects 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441240538
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Series: Cultural Liturgies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB

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).
James K. A. Smith (PhD, Villanova University) is professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He is the editor of Comment magazine and is a popular speaker. Smith has authored or edited many books, including Imagining the Kingdom, Who's Afraid of Relativism?, and the Christianity Today Book Award winners You Are What You Love, Desiring the Kingdom, and Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?

Table of Contents

Contents

How to Read This Book
For Practitioners
For Scholars
Introduction: A Sentimental Education: On Christian Action
The End of Christian Education and/as the End of Worship
Situating Intellect: Educating for Action
Imagining the Kingdom
Part 1: Incarnate Significance: The Body as Background
1. 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 Perception
2. 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 Body
Part 2: Sanctified Perception
3. "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 Micropractices
4. 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 Education
Indexes

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