The core argument of ‘The Social Animal’ by David Brooks, according to James K.A. Smith

I think Calvin College philosopher James K.A. Smith indirectly makes an appeal for liturgy in his comments on New York Times columnist David Brooks’ book, The Social Animal:

“The core argument of The Social Animal–and the one that impinges on how we make policy and organize social institutions like schools–is that we are creatures of habit and we absorb fundamental, orienting habits through embodied but unconscious routines and rituals.”

The above is an excerpt from a letter Smith posted on his blog and sent to the New York Review of Books. Read the entire letter and post here.


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