Charles E Faroe


In Desiring the kingdom: Worship, worldview and cultural formation, James K. A. Smith argued that cultural practices contain implicit values that are deeply formative, often in ways inimical to Christian character. Smith posited the need for Christian counter-formation at the affective level. This essay applies Smith’s method of “cultural exegesis†to a Turkish cultural practice, the “pinning ceremony†at a Turkish wedding. Using the findings of this analysis, recommendations for corporate discipleship practices for the Turkish church are set forth. KEYWORDS: James K. A. Smith, cultural liturgy, affective anthropology, Turkish wedding, Turkish Christians, discipleship practices, Christian formation.