Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Worldview and Kingdom View

This is a book I am looking forward to reading. I like the way James Smith challenges our modernist thinking and our way of doing Christian education. My copy from Amazon.com is on the way and I am impatiently waiting for its arrival.

Christianity Today, August, 2009

Putting Worldview in Its Place
There's something more important than our intellectual framework.

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation
by James K. A. Smith
Baker Academic, August 2009
240 pp., $15.99

Worldview has been Christian education's byword, codeword, password, keyword, and—for some students—swearword for the past 30 years. Amid the modern cacophony, it has provided a rhetorical and philosophic unifying point for academic communities badly in need of the singularity and depth of vision their mission statements proclaim. So why in Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Baker Academic) does philosopher James K. A. Smith call for a "temporary moratorium" on this hallowed notion?

I especially like the statement below

If educating is indeed about properly ordering our loves, as Smith (following Augustine) believes, then formation rather than information should become the primary end of our institutions.

read the rest of Miller's book review here

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