James K.A. Smith

 

James K.A. Smith was the editor-in-chief of Comment from 2013-2018, and teaches philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He is the new editor-in-chief of Image Journal

His latest book is Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Baker Academic, 2017).

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), How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (Eerdmans, 2014), and You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (Brazos, 2016).

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.

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Writings

Editorial: Renewing the Church for the Sake of the World
Sep 1, 2017
Comment Article
World View
Sep 1, 2017
Comment Article
Catechesis for a Secular Age
Sep 1, 2017
Comment Article
Pastoral Care as Public Theology: A Conversation with Tim Keller
Aug 17, 2017
Comment Article
World View
Jun 1, 2017
Comment Article
Editorial: Reconsidering "Civil Religion"
May 11, 2017
Comment Article
Welcome to a Movement
Apr 6, 2017
Comment Article
The Benedict Option or the Augustinian Call?
Mar 16, 2017
Comment Article
The Death of Expertise as a Decline of Trust
Mar 1, 2017
Comment Article
Pluralism, Difference, and the Dynamics of Trust
Mar 1, 2017
Comment Article
World View
Mar 1, 2017
Comment Article
Editorial: Teach Us (How) to Trust
Feb 9, 2017
Comment Article
World View
Dec 1, 2016
Comment Article
The Church as Jig
Dec 1, 2016
Comment Article
World View
Sep 1, 2016
Comment Article
Revolutionism and our Secular Age
Sep 1, 2016
Comment Article
Openings in Our Fractured Republic
Sep 1, 2016
Comment Article
Editorial: Join the Anti-Revolutionary Party
Aug 18, 2016
Comment Article
Hope in the Ruins: Why Politics Can't Save Our Politics
Jul 7, 2016
Comment Article
Hope in the Valley? A Conversation with Peter Thiel
Jun 2, 2016
Comment Article
Welcome to the Desert of the Real: A Conversation with Peter Thiel
Jun 1, 2016
Comment Article
World View
Jun 1, 2016
Comment Article
Editorial: Our Built World
May 19, 2016
Comment Article
Taking Aim at Ambition
Mar 30, 2016
Comment Article
Disciplining the Law: A Conversation with Joan Lockwood O'Donovan
Mar 16, 2016
Comment Article
Editorial: The Rule of Law and the Way of Love
Mar 3, 2016
Comment Article
World View: An Annotated Reading of Your World
Mar 3, 2016
Comment Article
Worship as Public Legal Pedagogy
Mar 3, 2016
Comment Article
Comment: A Year in Review
Dec 30, 2015
Comment Article
Editorial: Memory, Forgetting, and Hope
Dec 1, 2015
Comment Article
World View: An Annotated Reading of Your World
Dec 1, 2015
Comment Article
The Justice of Memory, the Grace of Forgetting: A Conversation with Miroslav Volf
Dec 1, 2015
Comment Article
There Be Dragons
Dec 1, 2015
Convivium Article
The State of Joy
Oct 22, 2015
Comment Article
The Public Intellectual as Poet: A Conversation with Margaret Somerville, part I
Sep 3, 2015
Comment Article
World View
Sep 1, 2015
Comment Article
Editorial: Health Beyond the Hospital
Sep 1, 2015
Comment Article
"Healthism" and a Healthy Society: A Conversation with Margaret Somerville, part II
Sep 1, 2015
Comment Article
On Fatherless Days
Jun 23, 2015
Convivium Article
Marriage is a Social Justice Issue
Jun 1, 2015
Comment Article
World View
Jun 1, 2015
Comment Article
Inequality: Complex Diagnoses, Multiple Prescriptions
Jun 1, 2015
Comment Article
Rethinking the Secular, Redeeming Christendom
Apr 2, 2015
Comment Article
Beyond "Creation" and Natural Law: An Evangelical Public Theology
Mar 26, 2015
Comment Article
The Beauty of Work, the Injustice of Toil
Mar 1, 2015
Comment Article
World View
Mar 1, 2015
Comment Article
Thank God For Bureaucracy
Dec 18, 2014
Comment Article
World View
Dec 1, 2014
Comment Article
Change the World from Home: A Conversation with Rod Dreher
Dec 1, 2014
Comment Article
Redeeming Conservatism
Dec 1, 2014
Comment Article
The Good News Hasn’t Changed, but How We Proclaim It Must
Nov 24, 2014
Convivium Article
Social Reform As If History Matters
Oct 2, 2014
Comment Article
World View
Sep 1, 2014
Comment Article
Cracks in the Secular
Sep 1, 2014
Comment Article
Imagining an "Open" Secularism
Sep 1, 2014
Comment Article
"Why Do I See the World So Differently?"
Aug 14, 2014
Comment Article
Marriage for the Common Good
Jul 17, 2014
Comment Article
Inequality, Gentrification, and Justice: Continuing the Conversation with Jonathan Bradford
Jun 26, 2014
Comment Article
Shalom Starts at Home: A Conversation with Jonathan Bradford
Jun 19, 2014
Comment Article
World View
Jun 1, 2014
Comment Article
The Other Side of the City
Jun 1, 2014
Comment Article
Reading the Postmodern Mail
Jun 1, 2014
Convivium Article
Ambition, Influence, and Entrepreneurship
May 15, 2014
Comment Article
The Hidden Curriculum of Leadership
May 8, 2014
Comment Article
Beyond "Engagement": The Next Conversation We Need About Politics
May 1, 2014
Comment Article
Conversion Takes a Village: A Reply to Linker, Part II
Mar 11, 2014
Convivium Article
How (Not) To Read Charles Taylor: A Reply to Linker, Part I
Mar 10, 2014
Convivium Article
World View
Mar 1, 2014
Comment Article
Faithful Compromise
Mar 1, 2014
Comment Article
Reading Culture Charitably: A Reply to Eric Jacobsen
Dec 20, 2013
Comment Article
A Flourishing Detroit Requires More Than an Influx of Cash
Dec 9, 2013
Convivium Article
Let's Talk About Your Investment Strategy
Dec 1, 2013
Comment Article
World View
Dec 1, 2013
Comment Article
Canada, the North American "Alternative": A Conversation with Mark Noll
Nov 22, 2013
Comment Article
God's Preferential Option for Public Schools? Some Questions
Oct 14, 2013
Convivium Article
The Light of Faith: A Protestant Perspective
Oct 1, 2013
Convivium Article
The Good News About Power
Sep 27, 2013
Comment Article
An Anabaptist-Reformed Dialogue: Continuing our Conversation with Richard Mouw
Sep 20, 2013
Comment Article
Learning from Kuyper, Following Jesus: A Conversation with Richard Mouw
Sep 13, 2013
Comment Article
The Backdrop of Reality
Sep 1, 2013
Comment Article
Editorial: We Believe in Institutions
Sep 1, 2013
Comment Article
World View
Sep 1, 2013
Comment Article
Knitting While Detroit Burns?
Aug 21, 2013
Convivium Article
Sleeper Cells for the Common Good: A Conversation with David Brooks
Aug 16, 2013
Comment Article
Families, Flourishing, and Upward Mobility
Aug 7, 2013
Convivium Article
A Protestant Appreciation of Lumen fidei
Jul 12, 2013
Convivium Article
Naturalizing "Shalom": Confessions of a Kuyperian Secularist
Jun 28, 2013
Comment Article
"Secure Your Own Mask First"
May 24, 2013
Convivium Article
Responsible Activism and Social Change
May 10, 2013
Comment Article
A Divided Church for the Common Good?
Apr 5, 2013
Comment Article
The Chattering Class That is All of Us
Mar 28, 2013
Convivium Article
Meet Comment Again for the First Time
Mar 15, 2013
Comment Article
Editorial: The Lost Art of Persuasion
Mar 1, 2013
Comment Article
Earning Your Voice
Mar 1, 2013
Comment Article
"You'll Thank Me Later": Paternalism and the Common Good
Feb 22, 2013
Convivium Article
Two Cheers for Javert
Feb 6, 2013
Convivium Article
Common Work for the Common Good
Dec 5, 2012
Convivium Article
Redemption
Dec 5, 2012
Comment Article
Dream Small
Oct 19, 2011
Comment Article
Editorial: Apprenticeship by Correspondence
Mar 1, 2011
Comment Article
Letter to a Young Parent
Mar 1, 2011
Comment Article
The Incarnation is Local: The Poetry of John Rybicki
Dec 31, 2010
Comment Article
Show Me The World
Jul 30, 2010
Comment Article
Redemption
Mar 1, 2010
Comment Article
Rondeau (2nd place): "We Learn To Love"
Sep 1, 2009
Comment Article
The enduring significance of Augustine of Hippo
Jun 1, 2009
Comment Article
The erotics of truth, and other scandalous lessons from Augustine of Hippo
Jun 1, 2008
Comment Article
Q&A with James K.A. Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College
Mar 28, 2008
Comment Article
Loving our neighbour(hood)s: The architecture of altruism
Sep 1, 2007
Comment Article
Neocalvinism . . . Maybe: A peek into my neocalvinist toolbox
Jun 1, 2006
Comment Article

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