Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works

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by James K A Smith

How does worship work?  How exactly does liturgical formation shape us?  What are the dynamics of such transformation?  In the second of James K. A. Smith's three-volume theology of culture, the author expands and deepens the analysis of cultural liturgies and Christian worship he developed in his well-received "Desiring the Kingdom."  He helps us understand and appreciate the bodily basis of habit formation and how liturgical formation--both "secular" and Christian--affects our fundamental orientation to the world.  Worship "works" by leveraging our bodies to transform our imagination, and it does this through stories we understand on a register that is closer to body than mind.  This has critical implications for how we think about Christian formation.