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

By James K. A. Smith (Author)
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Pages   163
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2009
Publisher   Eerdmans Pub Co
ISBN  0802864074  
EAN  9780802864079  


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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.

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We hear a lot these days about the quest for alternative sources of energy. Has anyone considered Jamie Smith? This whirling dervish of public philosophy generates enough intellectual energy to supply a middle-size city all by himself. John Wilson / editor of Books & Culture / By now, Jamie Smith is not just a leading philosophical or postmodern or Reformed theologian: he is simply a leading theologian. This volume shows that he has not only ascended to that height but also descended to a depth that terrifies most academics journalism. He offers a theology as everyday as the neighborhood, the movies, partisan politics, the university, and the street corner and with a twinkle in his eye he shows us Jesus lordship in each place. I hope others will not just read Jamies book, but will go and do likewise. Jason Byassee / Center for Theology, Writing & Media, Duke Divinity School / 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 Smiths most significant forays into the public arena. / In this engaging work Smith grapples with the Wild at Heart phenomenon and the challenges of secularization, deals with sex and consumerism, and comments on creative works from American Beauty and Harry Potter to A History of Violence and the poetry of Franz Wright. No matter what.

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James K. A. Smith (Ph.D. Villlanova University) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College.

James K. A. Smith was born in 1970 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Calvin College.

James K. A. Smith has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Pentecostal Manifestos


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Playful yet though provoking  Feb 22, 2010
JAK Smith has a wonderful ability to coin phrases that capture the imgination. This book really is a primer for understanding Smith's thinking in a broad range of areas. It is a book to be read slowly and perhaps with others. His paper "Are Men Really Wild at Heart" is typical in showing Smith's sharp mind at work. He is willing to critique the popularlist CHristian literature, recognising the good in it and pointing out areas of concern. "Teaching Calvinists to Dance: Why I am Reformed and Pentecostal" is a very helpful paper in a context where Christians of differing traditions come together.
A great read!
 
Wise, Ironic, and Insightful Essays  Nov 12, 2009
The Devil Reads Derrida: And Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts presents James K.A. Smith's diverse popular writings in an anthologized format. Navigating his way through Christian college politics, American politics, postmodern philosophy, contemporary poetry, and cinema (among other areas), Smith presents a comprehensively Reformed way of looking at culture in general.

Though the essays and articles are separated by time, audience, and topic, the common strain in all of Smith's writings is the Reformed idea of delight: as Christians we should delight in creation in all of its "creat-ivity," as catalysts for divine experience and thought. Writing from a view of culture that is high, Smith sees popular culture as something of some value that pushes us toward the delight of greater value: an appreciation of art over all of history, not just the past year or so.

Smith is not into top ten lists, the "new," the happening, or the relevant. He instead is into what lasts, the strains of art and narrative that permeate Western culture and artistic tradition from Homer to Harry Potter.

Into this Reformed cultural outlook Smith also throws his nuanced and energetic Anabaptist politics of pacifism and political skepticism. From what other viewpoint could one write about Jim Wallis and the Sojourners crowd espousing a type of leftist Christendom? Yet from Smith's well thought perspective his political viewpoints weave into his unsung mantra: "critique everything."

In the end, The Devil Reads Derrida presents one of the first Christian cultural critiques written for a general audience that is thoroughly postmodern in its stance, one that breaks the rules of modernist thinking by delighting in the beauty of what most consider rubbish, like the movie American Beauty, and critiquing both the Religious Right and Religious Left as being two heads of the same Constantinian beast. Only in such a postmodern world does the popular and the elite mix effectively, as in Smith's capstone essay: "The Devil Reads Derrida: Fashion, French Philosophy, and Postmodernism" when the worlds of Derrida and The Devil Wears Prada combine to form a persuasive argument for the necessity of a postmodern outlook.

So reader be ready: Postmodernism, Reformed thought, and Little Miss Sunshine will be flying at you from all directions, joined by other high and low cultural icons to form a concise critique of delight and beauty.
 

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