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James K.A. Smith

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I'm not sure when it started, but in most of my books I like to note the "soundtrack" that accompanied their production--what I was listening to while writing in coffee shops and airports and my home office. Each one is a snapshot of a phase of my listening life, as well as a kind of interpretive horizon for each book.  No doubt my listening seeps into my writing.

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“Discipleship and spiritual formation are less about erecting an edifice of knowledge than they are a matter of developing a Christian know-how that intuitively understands the world in light of the Gospel.”
James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

“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

“[E]ducation is a holistic endeavor that involves the whole person, including our bodies, in a process of formation that aims our desires, primes our imagination, and orients us to the world -- all before we ever start thinking about it.”
James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

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“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.”
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“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”
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message 1: by Alex (last edited Jun 06, 2013 08:55AM)

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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