Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-secular Theology

Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-secular Theology


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780801027352
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2004
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 788,135
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

James K. A. Smith (Ph.D., 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. He formerly taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Active in both the church and the academy, Smith is the author of Speech and Theology (part of the Routledge Radical Orthodoxy series) and The Fall of Interpretation.

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Milbank

Part 1: Orientation
1. Inhabiting the Post-Secular: Why Radical Orthodoxy? Why Now?
2. Elements of a Manifesto: The Movements of Radical Orthodoxy
3. Radical Orthodoxy's "Story" of Philosophy: From Plato to Scotus and Back

Part 2: Navigation
4. Postmodern Parodies: The Critique of Modernity and the Myth of the Secular
5. Possibilities for the Post-Secular: Faith, Reason, and Public Engagement
6. Participation and Incarnation: Materiality, Liturgy, Sacramentality
7. Cities of God: Cultural Critique and Social Transformation


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