Praise for the Book
Smith has written an essential guide to social life aimed at his fellow Christians but essential reading for all of his fellow citizens.
With characteristic verve and clarity—as well as honesty and nuance—this climactic volume of Smith’s trilogy offers a broadly Augustinian perspective on public life that takes us beyond genealogy and modernity criticism.
Smith has written a superb book that develops a constructive and nuanced position in the Reformed tradition. . . . This is a book that should be read widely by anyone interested in addressing the fundamental questions of church and politics.
Essential reading for decades to come.
—Kristen Deede Johnson
Awaiting the King is a satisfying final movement in Smith’s Cultural Liturgies symphony and a crucial contribution to the wider conversation in political theology.
With great clarity and cultural insight, Smith sets out an Augustinian-Reformed antidote to the highly polarized forms of politics we see around us today, in which churches—whether on the left or the right—are too often raucous and rancorous participants.
This final, crowning volume of the Cultural Liturgies project has the potential to profoundly redirect contemporary public theology and practice.
James K. A. Smith’s Awaiting the King is a thoughtful, wise, and provocative book.
—Bruce Riley Ashford