James K. A. Smith is a philosopher, professor, and author of the new book, “Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology.” Smith and Domenech discuss the intersections of politics, culture, and religion on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour.
“A christian vision of public life and political is disciplined by what we call eschatology,” Smith said. “We are trying to be faithfully present in this meantime that Augustine calls the saeculum… to bend policies and practices to look more like the flourishing that we believe God wants for his creation.”
They also discuss how social media has forever changed our public discourse. “You could disagree in person with your best friend because there were certain goods and commonalities that you could count on,” he said. “Now you just feel like you’re being constantly overheard by people who don’t understand that intimacy.”