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In this culmination of his widely read and highly acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project, James K. A. Smith examines politics through the lens of liturgy. What if, he asks, citizens are not only thinkers or believers but also lovers? Smith explores how our analysis of political institutions would look different if we viewed them as incubators of love-shaping practices--not merely governing us but forming what we love. How would our political engagement change if we weren't simply looking for permission to express our "views" in the political sphere but actually hoped to shape the ethos of a nation, a state, or a municipality to foster a way of life that bends toward shalom?
This book offers a well-rounded public theology as an alternative to contemporary debates about politics. Smith explores the religious nature of politics and the political nature of Christian worship, sketching how the worship of the church propels us to be invested in forging the common good. This book creatively merges theological and philosophical reflection with illustrations from film, novels, and music and includes helpful exposition and contemporary commentary on key figures in political theology.
Introduction: Liturgical Politics: Reforming Public Theology
1. Rites Talk: The Worship of Democracy
2. Revisiting the Church as Polis: Cultivating an Ecclesial Center of Gravity
3. The Craters of the Gospel: Liberalism's Borrowed Capital
4. The Limits and Possibility of Pluralism: Reforming Reformed Public Theology
5. Redeeming Christendom: Or, What's Wrong with Natural Law?
6. Contested Formations: Our "Godfather" Problem
Conclusion: The City of God and the City We're In: Augustinian Principles for Public Participation
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Supporting the next wave of intellectual discovery at Calvin College
2017 Templeton Prize winner Alvin Plantinga is using nearly half of his winnings to support faculty research, student scholarship at his alma mater.
News & Stories, December 13, 2017
History students create mental health exhibit for public museum
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News & Stories, October 31, 2017
Alvin Plantinga receives Templeton Prize at Field Museum
On Sunday, September 24, Alvin Plantinga ’54, the 2017 Templeton Prize laureate was formally honored at a celebration held at the Field Museum in Chicago.
News & Stories, September 28, 2017
Templeton Prize laureate shares thoughts on Christianity and philosophy
Spark, September 01, 2017
The fabric of our neighborhoods
Lee Hardy's essay about urban issues.
Spark, September 01, 2017
Restless: On the Road with Augustine
Journeying with the perfect patron saint for our age
Spark, June 05, 2017
Calvin College student named Lilly Graduate Fellow
Aaron Abma, a philosophy and physics double major, is one of ten students selected in 2017 as a Lilly Graduate Fellow.
News & Stories, May 24, 2017
Alvin Plantinga awarded the 2017 Templeton Prize
Longtime Calvin professor and alum Alvin Plantinga is awarded the Templeton Prize, recognizing his revolutionary thinking in Christian philosophy.
News & Stories, April 25, 2017
Animals and the Kingdom of God Lecture Series celebrates 10th anniversary
On April 4, Calvin College hosts a lecture series that amplifies Christian scholarly voices in a discussion often shaped by secular perspectives.
News & Stories, March 27, 2017
On the shoulders of giants
Peter Kreeft ’59, Distinguished Alumni Award honoree
Spark, December 01, 2016
Calvin student guides urban planning effort in Appleton
Second year student Noah Schumerth's committed to finding a solution to Appleton’s zoning code that would best meet the demands of its residents.
News & Stories, November 17, 2016
Kevin Timpe begins as Jellema Chair
Kevin Timpe is the first full-time holder of The William Harry Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy, which honors Calvin's first philosophy professor W.H. Jellema.
News & Stories, November 8, 2016
Fulbright scholar to map geography of refugees
Janaya Crevier ’16 will travel to Austria to explore the journeys of refugee families
Spark, June 15, 2016