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 is Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview at Calvin College. He is the editor of Comment magazine and a Senior Fellow for the Colossian Forum. He holds an M.Phil in Philosophical Theology from the Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto) and a PhD from Villanova University. He has written on topics ranging from Christian Hermeneutics to Postmodernity to Pentecostalism. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and books. Some of his recent books include: The Fall of Interpretation: Philosophical Foundations for a Creational Hermeneutic, Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition, Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation, and The Devil Reads Derrida: and Other Essays on the Church, the University, Politics, and the Arts.

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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