Awaiting the King Paperback

Reforming Public Theology

by James K. A. Smith;


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Awaiting the King

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  • For advanced readers
  • This book on pubic theology intertwines history and politics with theology
  • You'll find complex ideas regarding the development of public faith
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.

Contents
Introduction: Liturgical Politics: Reforming Public Theology
1. Rites Talk: The Worship of Democracy
2. Revisiting the Church as Polis: Cultivating an Ecclesial Center of Gravity
3. The Craters of the Gospel: Liberalism's Borrowed Capital
4. The Limits and Possibility of Pluralism: Reforming Reformed Public Theology
5. Redeeming Christendom: Or, What's Wrong with Natural Law?
6. Contested Formations: Our "Godfather" Problem
Conclusion: The City of God and the City We're In: Augustinian Principles for Public Participation
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Awaiting the King by James K. A. Smith was published by Baker Publishing Group in November 2017 and is our 54364th best seller. The ISBN for Awaiting the King is 9780801035791.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherBaker Publishing Group (November 2017)
Weight364g
Thickness18 mm
Height154 mm
Width229 mm
ISBN9780801035791
ISBN-100801035791
Product Code4524633
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