9780802864079

The Devil Reads Derrida: And Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts

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  • ISBN13:

    9780802864079

  • ISBN10:

    0802864074

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-04
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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Summary

A Notable Young Voice in the academy, James K. A. Smith has consistently spoken to the church as the most important "public" for his intellectual work. Bringing together essays both thoughtful and entertaining, The Devil Reads Derrida displays some of Smith's most significant forays into the public arena.

Author Biography

James K. A. Smith is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College and the author of several books, including Introducing Radical Orthodoxy and Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? The latter received awards from Christianity Today, ForeWord magazine, and the Word Guild of Canada.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Church, Christian Scholars, and Little Miss Sunshinep. xi
Faith on the Ground: On Discipleshipp. 1
Working at Restp. 3
The Secret Lives of Saints: Reflections on Doubtp. 10
Are Men Really Wild at Heart? (with Mark Mulder)p. 15
Pope John Paul II: A Protestant's Appreciationp. 24
Teaching a Calvinist to Dance: On Being Reformed and Pentecostalp. 26
The Architecture of Altruism: On Loving Our Neighbor(hood)sp. 32
Schools of Faith: On the Universityp. 37
Are Students "Consumers"?p. 39
Why Christianity Is Sexier than Liberal Democracyp. 46
Between the University and the Church: The Precarious (and Promising)Site of Campus Ministryp. 50
Schools of Thought; or, Why the State Shouldn't Fund MBAsp. 55
A Commencement, a Wedding, and an Alternative Politicsp. 58
Lost in Translation? On the Secularization of the Fallp. 62
Faith in America: On Politics and the Churchp. 69
Christian Worship as Public Disturbancep. 71
How to Get Your Hands Dirtyp. 78
God, the Future, and the Politics of Freedom: Reflections on "Open Theism"p. 80
It Only Hurts When I Laugh: Why Harper's Won't Change Americap. 90
The Economics of the Emerging Churchp. 93
The Pendulum of Evangelicals and Politics: On Greg Boyd's Myth of a Christian Nationp. 97
The God of Americanism: On Mitt Romney's "Faith in America"p. 102
Constantinianism of the Left? On Jim Wallis and Barack Obamap. 105
Leftish Constantinianism Revisted: An Interviewp. 110
The Last Prophet of Leviathan: On Mark Lilla's The Stillborn Godp. 113
Picturing Faith: Criticismp. 119
Absence as a Window: On the Poetry of Franz Wrightp. 121
Dumbing Down Discernment?p. 128
The Devil Reads Derrida: Fashion, French Philosophy, and Postmodernismp. 134
Our History of Violencep. 137
Harry Potter and the Prophet of Doomp. 140
Passing on The Passionp. 145
Faith in the Flesh in American Beauty: Christian Reflections on Filmp. 148
A Prayerp. 158
Index of Namesp. 160
Index of Subjectsp. 162
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