Awaiting the King : Reforming Public Theology

Awaiting the King : Reforming Public Theology

Description

In this culmination of his widely read and highly acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project, James K. A. Smith examines politics through the lens of liturgy. What if, he asks, citizens are not only thinkers or believers but also lovers? Smith explores how our analysis of political institutions would look different if we viewed them as incubators of love-shaping practices--not merely governing us but forming what we love. How would our political engagement change if we weren't simply looking for permission to express our "views" in the political sphere but actually hoped to shape the ethos of a nation, a state, or a municipality to foster a way of life that bends toward shalom? This book offers a well-rounded public theology as an alternative to contemporary debates about politics. Smith explores the religious nature of politics and the political nature of Christian worship, sketching how the worship of the church propels us to be invested in forging the common good. This book creatively merges theological and philosophical reflection with illustrations from film, novels, and music and includes helpful exposition and contemporary commentary on key figures in political theology.

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Details

Author(s)
James K. A. Smith
Format
Paperback | 256 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 356g
Publication date
07 Nov 2017
Publisher
Baker Publishing Group
Imprint
Baker Academic, Div of Baker Publishing Group
Publication City/Country
Ada, MI, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
0801035791
ISBN13
9780801035791
Bestsellers rank
66,916