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James K.A. Smith

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James K.A. Smith is editor-in-chief of Comment and teaches philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. His latest book is, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (Brazos).

Smith is also a Senior Fellow with Cardus. A native of Embro, Ontario, Jamie studied at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa; the University of Waterloo; the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto; and earned his Ph.D. at Villanova University. He is a Visiting Professor at Trinity College of the University of Toronto and has also taught at Regent College, Fuller Seminary, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.

Working at the intersection of philosophy, theology, and cultural criticism, Smith is an award-winning author of a number of books including Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? (Baker Academic, 2006), Letters to a Young Calvinist (Brazos, 2010), Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Baker Academic, 2009), Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning, co-edited with David Smith (Eerdmans, 2011), Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works (Baker Academic, 2013), and How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (Eerdmans, 2014). He is currently at work on volume 3 of his Cultural Liturgies trilogy under the working title, Embodying the Kingdom: Reforming Public Theology.

His writing has also appeared in a variety of magazines including Christianity Today, First Things, Books & Culture, Christian Century, and The Banner. A first collection of his popular writing is available as The Devil Reads Derrida: And Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts (Eerdmans, 2010), and, Discipleship in the Present Tense: Reflections on Faith and Culture (Calvin College Press, 2013).

Jamie and his wife, Deanna, are elementary school sweethearts and have four children. They live in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids and attend Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church.

Bio last modified June 1st, 2017.

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