Once in a while a book comes along that crystallizes the things you have been thinking and takes you further down the road. This was such a book.
James K.A. Smith contends that we are primarily “desiring animals” who think rather than “thinking things” who happen to have desires. He thinks much of Christian education has followed the latter conception and crucially fails to shape Christians who live and think Christianly. This is because their approaches failure to consider the importance of desire and the practices that direct desires in habits of faithfulness toward the kingdom. By contrast, he argues that secular consumerist culture has created effective liturgies to shape desire towards its end, as has the secular academy. [Read more…] about Book Review: Desiring the Kingdom