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A Liturgical Theology of Culture
"Imagining the Kingdom is a fit successor to Jamie Smith's remarkable Desiring the Kingdom. The new book is, like its predecessor, learned but lively, provocative but warmhearted, a manifesto and a guide. Smith takes Christians deeper into the artistic, imaginative, and practical resources on which we must draw if we wish to renew not only our minds but also our whole beings in Christ."
--Alan Jacobs, Honors College of Baylor University
"In this wonderfully rich and engagingly readable book of 'liturgical anthropology,' Smith makes a persuasive case for the thesis that human beings are best understood as worshiping animals. It has important implications at once for practical theology's reflection on religious formation, liturgy, and pedagogy and for philosophical theorizing about just what religion is. And it develops as an engaging and lively conversation among an astonishing mix of people: imagine Calvin, Proust, Merleau-Ponty, Augustine, Wendell Berry, Bourdieu, and David Foster Wallace all in the same room really talking to each other about being human and how to think about it!"
--David Kelsey, Yale Divinity School
"Jamie Smith shows us that the gospel does not primarily happen between our ears but in all the movements of the body by which we are formed and in turn form the world. I know of no more thorough and sophisticated account of how secular liturgies form and deform us and how Christian liturgies can help. Though sophisticated, Smith's book is also a delight. Its pages are filled with great poetry and insights from films, novels, and everyday life."
--William T. Cavanaugh, DePaul University
"A thought-provoking, generative reflection on the imagination-shaping power of Christian worship practices. What an ideal book for crossing boundaries among academic disciplines and between the academy and the church."
--John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College, and Calvin Theological Seminary
"It is heartening to set one's eyes on Jamie Smith's bold and creative endeavor to awaken Christians, Protestants in particular, to the centrality of worship in even, nay especially, our moral lives. This thoughtful book is rightly concerned with a restoration of the Christian imagination rooted in habits of virtue."
--Vigen Guroian, University of Virginia
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.
Far less helpful than Desiring the Kingdom, this book is thick with jargon. One gets the impression Smith is just trying to trot out his academic bona fides, as he defends his... Read morePublished 14 days ago by jfn2015
I think it took a whole lot of words to say that being sentimental is important. I'm really looking for the next book in the series.Published 29 days ago by John Jelinek IV
Once again Smith offers a great challenge to alter our Christian formation from right thinking to right doing/being/ loving. A very good read!Published 2 months ago by Jeremy
We all know that worldviews (hereafter w-v) are inescapable. Worldviews rarely move beyond the intellectual dimension. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacob
“When we worship on Sunday, it spills over into our cultural labor on Monday” (3).
Imaging the Kingdom is volume two of James K. A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies series. Read more
A great argument for the necessity of liturgical practices within worship. My only wish was to see more attention to how particular practices contribute to formation, and what... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kelly
Complex and deep at times, but overall, a very thorough treatment as to the nuances of understanding the relationship of our physical, mental, spiritual capacities and how all of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Randy Schmor
If church and Christian education are about preparing and sending Christians to remake the world in cooperation with God, how do they do that? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Darren Cronshaw