Desiring the Kingdom

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Daniel Schrock reviews Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation by James K. A. Smith. In this first book of what is planned as a three-book set, Smith describes the liturgical structures that influence and shape our thoughts and affections. For Smith, malls, stadiums, and universities are all venues that express a form of cultural liturgy. Listen as Daniel Schrock, pastor of Third Reformed Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA, describes and interacts with this book.

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6 Responses to “Desiring the Kingdom”

  1. Henk Blom says:

    Curious if the author of this book will be given an opportunity to walk us through his book, and perhaps answer some of the critiques offered by Schrock.

  2. Jared Nelson says:

    Good review. I think he hits many of the good point and weaknesses of Smith’s book. Those involved with the PCA ought to know this book and its weaknesses because it is one of the most popular books with young ministers and RUF ministers, even though the philosophy of worship is at points quite at odds with the Regulative Principle of Worship.

    • Camden Bucey says:

      ‘d like to read this book myself, since there are several interesting threads. But I agree. The overall project does seem at odds with the RPW and historic Reformed confessional theology.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Am I correct in saying that James Smith replaces Cartesian philosophy with more of a Romanticized view of the Christian faith? I couldn’t help but think that this book is very “gefühle” in its posture.

    • Daniel says:

      Yeah I think if would be fair to say that there are definitely affinities with Romanticism. Although the most formative philosophical influence I noticed in the book was Heidegger, in particular the Heideggarian notion of being-in-the-world.

  4. Wesley Strebeck says:

    Yeah, I would love to be able to hear Dr. Smith as a guest on the program. I realize you can’t interact with every author who’s book you are discussing, but since this book is so popular and from your perspective has some departures from the historic reformed faith, it seems like it might be a good iron-sharpening-iron type of scenario. Are you guys looking to do this at all?

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I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve. (Romans 16:17-18)


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