Desiring the Kingdom: The Home Shapes Bodies and Souls – Simply Convivial

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Although the primary point of this final section of chapter 1 was a critique and expanding of the concept of worldview, replacing it with the term social imaginaries, it was these few lines further developing how what we do, what we know, and what we love are all tied up together and interdependent. An ancient wisdom in the Christian tradition […] might be formulated as an axiom: “desire forms knowledge.” What we do (practices) is intimately linked to what we … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 4: Social Imaginaries – Simply Convivial

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This week we’re discussing the last of chapter 1, pages 63-73, about Smith’s alternative to worldview-talk: social imaginaries talk. It feels like we’ve wended a long, circuitous, wordy way ‘round the introduction, and should now be set up to get to the meat of it. But, I haven’t managed to get more than a few pages ahead of the book club assignments, so I am not sure if this impression is correct. Summary: A concept by any other name Worldview, … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 3: Fully Human Vision – Simply Convivial

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This week we’re discussing the middle of chapter 1, pages 46-63, of Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith. Summary: Lots of Augustine After the first section, which we read last week, covering incomplete anthropology, now Smith begins developing his idea of a more complete, holistic anthropology, one where man is not only a thinking or believing thing, but also a loving thing. And, that love or care is not general or abstract, but always intentional. Our love and care … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom: Imagining What Flourishing Looks Like – Simply Convivial

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In this chapter Smith begins to develop a more complete anthropology, one that takes into account our imaginations, our hearts, our gut, our bodies, as well as our minds. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all have a telos – an end or purpose we are striving for – and, in fact, it is almost always unconscious. In fact, our true telos, our true love, we are aiming for, can even be contrary to what we think … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 2: Knowing, Believing, Loving – Simply Convivial

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This week we’re discussing the first part of chapter 1, pages 37-46, about anthropology, or What is Man? in Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith Summary: Is Man Rational or Affective? educational strategies that traffic only in ideas often fail to actually educate; that is, they fail to form people. We are what we love, more than we are what we think, and our loves are shaped by our actions, our lifestyles, because that is how we learn who … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 1: Education is Formation – Simply Convivial

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I am so excited to begin this book club and conversation! I know in years past the book clubs on Leisure, the Basis of Culture and Poetic Knowledge planted seeds of ideas in my own mind and heart that have grown and affected decisions I make and how I evaluate our homeschool. I believe that thinking through and conversing about Desiring the Kingdom by James K.A. Smith will do the same, for this book is in the same vein as … Read More

31 Days Series, Book Clubs, and eBooks, oh my!

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And now, for some bloggy announcements. October means 31 Days! In October, I’ll be joining The Nester’s 31 Days series meme on both blogs. Here at Simply Convivial, I’ll be sharing 31 Days of an Organized Homeschool. I’ll be sharing some real-life, non-cutesy ways I’ve organized the stuff associated with homeschooling here at our house. Being organized isn’t about being impressive; it’s just about not being continually frustrated and annoyed at yourself and your stuff. Over at Simple Pantry Cooking, … Read More

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