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A Mall is just a Mall, and (Sometimes) That’s All We Want

In their recent essay in The Other Journal, Cory Willson and Robert Covolo position themselves between James K. A. Smith’s approach to culture and cultural practices, as depicted in Desiring the Kingdom, and my own, as they see it depicted in Poetic Theology.1 I basically agree with both their analysis and their creative response to these two approaches. As far as our cultural critiques are concerned, Jamie Smith and I begin at different starting points but end up in fundamental... Read More

When is a Mall just a Mall? The Complexity of Reading Cultural Practices

When is a mall just a mall and when does it become an act of idolatry? Recent works by two prominent Christian scholars provide very different accounts of how to understand everyday cultural practices, such as a trip to the mall. In his book Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation,[1] James K. A. Smith speaks about malls as part of a discussion on our culture’s perniciously formative practices that shape us as worshipping creatures. Drawing on St. Augustine’s... Read More

Criticism, Commitment, and Cultural Engagement: A Review of James K. A. Smith’s The Devil Reads Derrida

James K. A. Smith, The Devil Reads Derrida and Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009. 163 pages. $12.24 paperback (Amazon). Click here or on the image to purchase The Devil Reads Derrida and Other Essays from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal. It has become all too common these days for discussions of North American evangelicalism to transpire solely in terms of disdain, so much so that the very word... Read More

Halden Doerge Charting Evangelical Futures in an Age of Empire: A Review of Evangelicals and Empire

Page Content*: Bruce Ellis Benson and Peter Goodwin Heltzel, editors. Evangelicals and Empire: Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2008. 336 pages.$22.79 paperback. Click on the image to purchase Evangelicals and Empire from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal.  Perhaps the most difficult sort of book to review is the edited volume. Single-author volumes are generally purposeful, focused, and unified. An author, no matter... Read More