Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Cultural Liturgies #3)

Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Cultural Liturgies #3)

In this culmination of his widely read and highly acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project, James K. A. Smith examines the political through the lens of liturgy. What if, he asks, citizens are not only thinkers or believers but lovers? Smith explores how our analysis of political institutions would look different if we viewed them as incubators of love-shaping practices--not m In this culmination of his widely read and highly acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project, James K. A. Smith examines th...

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Title:Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Cultural Liturgies #3)
Author:James K.A. Smith
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Genres:Religion
ISBN:B06XC2LGY1
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:258 pages pages

Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Cultural Liturgies #3) Reviews

  • Justin
    Nov 14, 2017
    I was worried I'd feel like I'm coming in in the middle of a conversation. I haven't read the preceding books in Smith's Cultural Liturgies series. I'm also not as steeped in Kuyper or Augustine as the ideal reader would be, and I'm totally unfamiliar with Oliver O'Donovan, the key fig...
  • Joshua D.
    Dec 11, 2017
    The much anticipated conclusion to Smith's cultural-liturgical formation trilogy. This time Smith focuses on political theology, with an eye toward an Augustinian critique of his own Kuyperian theological tradition. The book mainly asks (and allows Augustine to answer) a series of ques...
  • Zachary
    Dec 19, 2017
    It's hard to put into a short summary the depth and breadth of what Smith covers in this book. First, the reader should understand that this is the final in a trilogy of books (Cultural Liturgies) by Smith which advocate and engage liturgical theology. If you haven't read either Desiri...
  • Chad
    Nov 18, 2017
    One of the brilliant insights of Smith?s book (and others in the trilogy) is that we are worshiping creatures whose hearts are formed and deformed by the million competing liturgies to which we are exposed. In the past, I've envisioned myself as keeping politics at arm's length. I ha...
  • E.
    May 29, 2018
    Mixed thoughts about this third entry in the Cultural Liturgies series. One the one hand the book makes good strong arguments for liturgical practice as political theology. On the other, many chapters are detailed reviews of other scholar's arguments that got a little tiresome. ...
  • Jason Carter
    Jul 21, 2018
    The final volume of Smith's 'Cultural Liturgies' 3-volume series addresses the public application of the liturgical theories outlined in the previous two volumes. Smith addresses democracy, the role of the church in the public sphere, liberalism, pluralism, and the notion of a 'rede...
  • Amanda Patchin
    Jan 13, 2018
    Rich, complex, and necessary. ...
  • Simon
    Dec 07, 2017
    The best one of the series. More Reformed, more conservative, and more helpful than was expecting. There are some problems, which I will unpack elsehwere, not least the 'church-as-polis' thing. But more later. ...
  • Tim Hoiland
    Nov 08, 2017
    In this final installment of the heralded Cultural Liturgies trilogy, James K.A. Smith invites us to reexamine the way we approach politics ? and, even more, the ways politics "disciple" us. Continuing his ongoing engagement with Augustine, Smith argues that we are liturgical creatur...
  • Robert D. Cornwall
    Dec 07, 2017
    Preachers are often cautioned to steer clear of politics, and yet the biblical story is very political. Jesus himself was executed as political figure. The Romans didn't care about intricacies of Jewish theology, but they did pay attention to claims of being a king. So, Pilate had him ...
  • Scott
    Jan 23, 2018
    A nice conclusion to a remarkable trilogy. While each volume seems to have to have it's own eclectic style and concerns, this seemed to me to be the most eclectic of the three. I began this trilogy now around 5 years ago and to finish it now I can see how it has shaped my thoughts on t...
  • Joseph Sverker
    May 30, 2018
    An interesting read, but I think he depends a little too much on the main theologians that he uses in this book. Also, he has had a kind of "conversion" away from a Hauerwasian ecclesiology. It is made clear here, but I think the relation with Hauerwas could be made a little more preci...
  • Alex Stroshine
    Jan 22, 2018
    3.5/5. One of the dangers of challenging yourself to read 75 books in a year is that it can make you read too fast to appreciate a book. This is only exacerbated if your reading of the book is fragmentary and even WORSE if you are not reading it alongside someone else so you can dig...
  • Bob
    Jan 31, 2018
    Summary: A theology of public (and not just political) life exploring both how public life is "liturgical" and the church "political" and the possibilities and limits on engagement in the life of the "city of Man" for those who identify their hope and citizenship with the "city of God....
  • Jordan J. Andlovec
    Feb 15, 2018
    This book surprised me, and that doesn't happen often. From the critique of his own Kuyperian tradition's unintentional "naturalizing of Shalom" to his humbling and, to be honest, painful recalling of the work of Willie James Jennings and others in the capitulation of the church to...
  • Jeremy
    Jul 22, 2017
    Watch Smith's video comment here. A Baptist reviews it here. ...
  • Justin Edgar
    Dec 31, 2017
    I love Smith, and I loved this book. I wrestle with so many of the things that Smith talks about in this book, related to politics, political action, the role of faith, cynicism, doubt, skepticism and hope. I think chapters 3 and 4 provided some tough sledding through O'Donovan and his...
  • Jeff
    Feb 11, 2018
    In James K.A. Smith's 3-volume series "Cultural Liturgies," he has argued that all human beings (not just the religious) are religious. All humans have a notion of the "good life" and engage in "worship" and "liturgical practices" to get to that telos. Though the Reformation and Enligh...
  • Daunavan Buyer
    Mar 09, 2018
    James K.A. Smith has done it again! This book is a difficult but amazing read. Recommended for those who want a deeper understanding of politics and the church. ...
  • Ethan
    Jan 22, 2018
    In the third volume of his Cultural Liturgies project, Smith unwraps what it looks like for the Church to be the City of God in the midst of a fallen world. Instead of quietist despair or triumphalist action, Smith tries to convey a posture of striving for the good of society while als...
  • Oliver Pierce
    Jun 15, 2018
    I've been slowly making my way through this one as I've had the chance this semester. While I'm not completely on board with James K.A. Smith's overall project, this might be my favorite book of his. It is a engaging, entertaining, and yet deeply philosophical read and timely given cul...
  • Ian Caveny
    Nov 27, 2017
    In a world where the Christian theologians, pastors, and laymen routinely communicate co-opted political stances, where televangelists preach the "gospel" of the Religious Right or where T.V. pastors preach the "gospel" of the Christian Left, and, yet, where Christian engagement in "po...
  • Josh
    Nov 02, 2017
    Smith is a scholar for whom I have great respect. I have not had the chance to read the first two volumes of the Cultural Liturgies series, but I am planning on it. "Awaiting the King" is a volume that can stand on its own, especially if you have read some of Smith's other work. "You A...
  • Dan Salerno
    May 15, 2018
    Ever heard of a reviewer posting a disclaimer at the start of their review? After reading James K.A. Smith?s AWAITING THE KING (the third volume in his Cultural Liturgies series) I feel obligated. First, I?m not a theologian. Second, I?m not from academia. Third, I?m pret...
  • Michael Nichols
    Dec 04, 2017
    This is the book I?ve desired to read for about the past three to four years. Someone finally wrote it. (I was starting to worry I?d have to write it myself). Chapters one and two bolster the political nature of the church. Then chapters three through six work out the implications ...
  • Heath Salzman
    Feb 03, 2018
    A wonderful conclusion to a trilogy that has (re)formed my theology, imagination, and political perspective. ...
  • Luke
    Apr 27, 2018
    As always, Smith is a master of clear and engaging prose on issues that matter. I appreciate his intuitions and his bringing figures like O'Donovan or Willie Jennings to a broader audience. I have two worries with the book. First, one can come away with the sense that humans are pas...
  • John Wise
    Dec 13, 2017
    Extremely helpful after the 2016 election. Key insights: Modern people have a naive understanding of institutions, namely, that the individual changes the insitution. The relationship between individual and insitution is actually two-way; the individual changes the institution, a...
  • Phillip Nash
    Mar 31, 2018
    Well, some books really strain your brain and this one did that! But, what a master-piece of theological and practical writing. James K Smith challenges us to remember we belong to the city of God but live in the saeculum, in the city of man and have a duty to engage in the polis. Wish...
  • David Collins
    Dec 11, 2017
    While I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Smith?s books in cultural liturgies project, and was waiting for this book for a while; I couldn?t help but leave the book disappointed. After Smith talks about the ?Godfather problem? and how we can be deformed through liturgy while stil...