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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Embodied life can be sacramental"

The corpus of James K. A. Smith: Worldview made flesh

"We all live by trusting something larger than ourselves." "Embodied life can be sacramental." And it can be ironic, such as when you find yourself reading Wendell Berry in Costco. . . . Don't miss Canadian-born public intellectual James K. A. Smith in conversation with CC's Peter Schuurman.

Dr. James K. A. Smith has been called both an “academic rock star” and “a faithful guide” and I want to commend his postliberal Biblical vision for creaturely life to you. I have been following him for years, trying to keep up with his prolific writing, identifying him as a post-boomer peer who offers a fresh paradigm and practice for Reformed Christians. I would describe him best as a provocative public intellectual: a self-described “philosophical theologian with interest in socio-political realities” who teaches at Calvin College, edits a magazine (Cardus’ Comment Magazine) and a book series (the church in Postmodern culture) while publishing regularly in newspapers and scholarly journals, and speaking in a wide range of venues. He seems to spit out a book every year, and has just released the third and final book of his acclaimed trilogy on “cultural liturgies” entitled Awaiting the King (which Hans Boersma hints will possibly “profoundly redirect contemporary public theology”).

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