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ERIC Number: EJ885834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5456
Two Cheers for Worldview: A Response to Elmer John Thiessen
Smith, James K. A.
Journal of Education & Christian Belief, v14 n1 p55-58 2010
This article presents Smith's response to Elmer John Thiessen's review of his book "Desiring the Kingdom." Before attending to specific concerns, the author first begins with an affirmation that he shares with Thiessen: He, too, found "worldview thinking" to be revolutionary. He said he is a whole-hearted worldview convert, as it were. Smith mentions that he has to confess that he finds it odd to be associated with a "sustained attack" on worldview. In fact, "Desiring the Kingdom" offers no such "attack." It certainly offers a critique of where this model has gone, but it does not amount to a "rejection" of worldview--even if he does counsel a "moratorium" on the term. To contextualize his point, Smith notes three things: (1) though his project is to "push down through worldview to worship as the matrix which a Christian worldview is born," nevertheless this does not require rejecting worldview-talk, only situating it in relation to Christian practices; (2) that the model of "worldview" he is rejecting is a kind of mutated version that has emerged precisely when worldview-talk went evangelical; and (3) when he suggests a moratorium on worldview-talk, it is because he is suggesting an alternative: Charles Taylor's richer, more nuanced notion of "social imaginaries." (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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