Desiring the Kingdom

Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

By James K. A. Smith; Glen Stassen
(Baker Academic, Paperback, 9780801035777, 240pp.)

Publication Date: August 2009

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Malls, stadiums, and universities are actually liturgical structures that influence and shape our thoughts and affections. Humans--as Augustine noted--are "desiring agents," full of longings and passions; in brief, we are what we love.
James K. A. Smith focuses on the themes of liturgy and desire in "Desiring the Kingdom," the first book in what will be a three-volume set on the theology of culture. He redirects our yearnings to focus on the greatest good: God. Ultimately, Smith seeks to re-vision education through the process and practice of worship. Students of philosophy, theology, worldview, and culture will welcome "Desiring the Kingdom," as will those involved in ministry and other interested readers.

About the Author
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. Smith has authored or edited many books, including" Imagining the Kingdom" and the "Christianity Today" Book Award winners "Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?" and "Desiring the Kingdom". He is also editor of the well-received The Church and Postmodern Culture series (

Kent Blevins is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. Prior to his time at Gardner-Webb, he lived and taught in Portugal, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic.
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