“There’s a kind of bodily know-how you’ve absorbed by other means. I suggest that, ultimately, our action and behavior is “driven” by our desire and longing for what really matters, what we love. And that desire is sort of “pre-rational” (though it’s NOT anti-rational) and is formed or “aimed” by, affective- imaginative means more than intellectual data.
“So what’s the upshot of this? My concern is that the church has clung to an intellectualist anthropology while Disney (and Hollister and Apple and VW, etc.) have appreciated that, in fact, our actions and behaviors are driven by something more affective. So they steer or aim our desire in more affective ways, shaping our desire through stories and images and “icons” of the good life, while the church keeps pouring rather abstract ideas and beliefs into my head. It’s not that the beliefs and ideas are wrong, it’s just that they’re not reaching the center-of-gravity of the human person. The church strategy is an insufficient counter-measure. If we’re going to counter the formation of desire we absorb through secular liturgies, then Christian worship and Christian education needs to be equally affective and holistic. Discipleship takes practice.”
See also “Heart, Mind and Strength”
And you can download the introduction here..
Elsewhere, in case you missed it, NT Wright did an interview with the Wittenburg Door.
Elsewhere, nearly 2 years back, NT Wright interview on the Resurrection.