James K A Smith engages a recent column by David Brooks of the New York Times. Smith reads Brooks against himself in a way. Of course what is interesting is the discussion of how much theory forms practiced morality. Smith argues that one’s practice is really a result of one’s loves or desires not a system of thought or rules.
Here is Brook’s article http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/opinion/if-it-feels-right.html?_r=2&hp
Here is Smith’s response http://forsclavigera.blogspot.com/2011/09/contradictions-of-david-brooks.html
I really like Smith’s idea that discipleship is a process of having one’s desires disciplined. The human being is not first a thinking animal, says, Smith, but a loving animal. Moral formation or discipleship is a result of participation in a “community of practices that are pursuing a thick vision of the good.”
Two questions: (1) What is the role of “thinking” in relation to the communities “vision of the good.” (2) What is the role of the Holy Spirit in moral transformation? I am sure Smith discusses the Spirit in his book Desiring the Kingdom– He’s a pentacostal!