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James K.A. Smith

Redeeming Ritual: Penance Takes Practice

Professor of Philosophy / Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview, Calvin College
March 27, 2014

Dr. James K.A. Smith of Calvin College argues for the importance of ritual to Christian development. He explains that people are formed by the habits in which they participate, so training in faith is comparable to training in athletics or musicianship in that it requires repetition. Dr. Smith considers why evangelicals tend to oppose ritual and offers differing viewpoints in favor of liturgy.

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