Imagining the Kingdom How Worship Works
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 2/15/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
James K. A. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Seminars in Christian Scholarship at Calvin College.Amos Yong is Professor of Theology at Regent University.
|List of Sidebars|
|How to Read This Book|
|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|
|Incarnate Significance: The Body as Background|
|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|
|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|
|"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|
|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|