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James K.A. Smith

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Today we moved our daughter, our third child, into her dorm room at Calvin College. It was everything we could have hoped for, and everything we've been trying to pretend wouldn't happen all summer. Our baby girl has been launched into the next season of her adventure with Christ.

My wife, Deanna, sent a note to our closest family to share an update. I found her little note so lovely, so fittin... Read more of this blog post »
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Desiring the Kingdom: Worsh...
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Who's Afraid of Postmoderni...
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Imagining the Kingdom: How ...
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Letters to a Young Calvinis...
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Thinking in Tongues: Pentec...
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The Fall of the Interpretat...
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The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
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Justly hailed as a classic, Tuchman's account of the build up to, and first 40 days of, "the Great War" is at once concise and breathless, novelistic and schematic at the same time. The first third on the political context and background is the most...more
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Selected Writings by William Hazlitt
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Arts & Entertainments by Christopher Beha
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I read this immediately upon finishing Beha's first novel, What Happened to Sophie Wilder, which was excellent. (And characters from the first novel appear in this second one.)

Arts & Entertainments doesn't have quite the same gravitas as the fir...more
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What Happened to Sophie Wilder by Christopher R. Beha
What Happened to Sophie Wilder
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I hope it’s not cliché if I say this novel felt to be a fitting continuation of folks like Mauriac, Greene, O’Connor, and Walker Percy. I don’t mean to pigeonhole it with that—just to say I felt that the book did justice to the complexities and ambig...more
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In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
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“All discourses and disciplines proceed from commitments and beliefs that are ultimately religious in nature. No scientific discourse (whether natural science or social science) simply discloses to us the facts of reality to which theology must submit; rather, every discourse is, in some sense, religious. The playing field has been leveled. Theology is most persistently postmodern when it rejects a lingering correlational false humility and instead speaks unapologetically from the the primacy of Christian revelation and the church's confessional language.”
James K.A. Smith, Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church

“We all - whether naturalists, atheists, Buddhists, or Christians - see the world through the grid of an interpretive framework - and ultimately this interpretive framework is religious in nature, even if not allied with a particular institutional religion.”
James K.A. Smith, Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church

“Whenever science attempts to legitimate itself, it is no longer scientific but narrative, appealing to an orienting myth that is not susceptible to scientific legitimation.”
James K.A. Smith, Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church

“In every sphere of life, form is the beginning of things. […] Forms are the food of faith, cried Newman in one of those great moments of sincerity that made us admire the know the man. […] The Creeds are believed, not because they are rational, but because they are repeated.”
Oscar Wilde, Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

“Lo maravilloso
nos envuelve y nos empapa
como la atmósfera;
y, sin embargo, no lo vemos.”
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

“I read poems for the pleasure of the mouth. My heart is in my mouth, and the sound of poetry is the way in." ~from an interview in Narrative magazine”
Donald Hall




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message 1: by Alex (last edited Jun 06, 2013 06:55PM)

Alex Stroshine So when are you and Dr. Craig going to have a debate on postmodernism and its relationship with Christianity?

Happy Sabbatical!


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