Awaiting the King : Reforming Public Theology
by Smith, James K. A.







List of Sidebars
ix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction: Liturgical Politics: Reforming Public Theology1(18)
A Parable for Public Life: The Postman
Public Theology in a Liturgical Mode
A Liturgical Lens on the Political
1 Rites Talk: The Worship of Democracy
19(34)
Blurring the (Pen)Ultimate Distinction
The Ultimate Bleeds into the Penultimate
Democracy, Tradition, and Liturgy
On (Mis) Understanding the "Earthly City"
Augustine's Political Phenomenology
2 Revisiting the Church as Polis: Cultivating an Ecclesial Center of Gravity
53(38)
Worship as an Irruption in and for the World
The Desire of the Nations
The Reign of God
Jesus Is King
Naturalizing Shalom: The Temptations of a Kuyperian Secularism
3 The Craters of the Gospel: Liberalism's Borrowed Capital
91(40)
Unacknowledged Legislation
The Ecclesial Roots of Democratic Liberalism
Excursus: Common Grace versus Providence
Against Idealism: Social Reform as If History Matters
4 The Limits and Possibility of Pluralism: Reforming Reformed Public Theology
131(20)
The Challenge of Pluralism
Accounting for Pluralism
Chaplin's "Christian Diversity State"
Naturalizing the State: Sphere Sovereignty as Macroliberalism?
Practicing Pluralism: Reforming Reformed Social Thought
5 Redeeming Christendom: Or, What's Wrong with Natural Law?
151(14)
Rethinking Nature and Grace, Creation and Resurrection
Rethinking the "Secular," Redeeming Christendom
6 Contested Formations: Our "Godfather" Problem
165(44)
Concurrent Formation and the Dynamics of Deformation: Case Studies
Analyzing Ecclesial Failure
Ecclesiology and Ethnography
Accounting for Disordered Loves
Conclusion: The City of God and the City We're In: Augustinian Principles for Public Participation
209(16)
Two Cheers for Heaven: A Report from a Century of "Transforming Culture"
Cultivating Circumspection: Building an Ecclesial Center of Gravity
Calculated Ambivalence: Four Principles of Ad Hoc Collaboration
In Praise of the Quixotic
Name Index225(6)
Subject Index231


A leading Christian philosopher 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.





James K. A. Smith (PhD, Villanova University) is professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he also holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He is the editor of Comment magazine and is a popular speaker. Smith has authored or edited many books, including Imagining the Kingdom, Who's Afraid of Relativism?, and the Christianity Today &;Book Award winners You Are What You Love, Desiring the Kingdom, and Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?






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