The Devil Reads Derrida is a compilation of essays and articles written for the lay audience by a notable and bright, young voice within the church and Christian academia. James K.A. Smith, a specialist in French philosophy and postmodernism, offers some of his most intriguing forays into the public arena, focusing especially on discipleship, the university, and politics and the church. He also provides a selection of his criticism, including popular culture essays on Harry Potter, Cronenberg's A History of Violence and the poetry of Franz Wright.
Smith's intellect brings a sharp theological wit and wisdom to the practice of Christian discipleship. Whether grappling with the "Wild at Heart" phenomenon, the challenges of secularization, or commenting on films like American Beauty, Smith tackles each issue with clarity, insight and scholarly rigor, yet in each instance always keeping a keen eye on practice of Christian discipleship and the life of the church.
The Devil Reads Derrida brings together essays and articles written for a general audience by a notable young voice in the church and the academy. A specialist in French philosophy and postmodernism, James K. A. Smith has also consistently sought to speak to the church as the most important "public" for his work.
This book brings together some of Smith's most significant forays into the public arena, focusing especially on discipleship, the university, and politics and the church. It also provides a selection of his criticism, including essays on Harry Potter, A History of Violence, the poetry of Franz Wright, and much more.
Smith's work as a Christian public intellectual brings theological wisdom into the service of lived discipleship. Whether grappling with the Wild at Heart phenomenon or the challenges of secularization, dealing with sex or consumerism, or commenting on The Devil Wears Prada orAmerican Beauty, Smith tackles each issue with clarity and insight, with scholarly rigor -- but always with an eye to Christian discipleship and the life of the church.
James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he also teaches in the congregational and ministry studies department.
James K. A. Smith is associate professor of Philosophy at Calvin College. He is the author of several books, including Whos Afraid of Postmodernism? which received awards from Christianity Today, ForeWord magazine, and the Word Guild of Canada.
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