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A New Chapter for Comment Magazine


October 16, 2018

HAMILTON – James K.A. Smith, editor-in-chief of the flagship Cardus journal Comment, has decided not to seek re-appointment after December 31, 2018. For six years, Smith’s intellectual power and presence shaped the direction of Comment and its parent Cardus. 

“I am incredibly grateful for the years I’ve been able to work on Comment,” said Smith. “It has been a gift to work with such a marvelous team committed to ‘public theology for the common good.’ But I’ve discerned that the next season of my vocation is calling me to attend to different ‘cracks in the secular’ in the realm of beauty, imagination, and the arts. “

Ray Pennings, publisher of Comment and executive vice president of Cardus, noted that Smith’s editorship of Comment since January 2013 has influenced broader Christian intellectual discourse. 

“Under Jamie’s leadership, Comment has become the dominant source of ‘Worldview 2.0’ education for tens of thousands of readers worldwide,” said Pennings. “He has helped root the work of Cardus in a solid Christian tradition and made it relevant to the big questions North America is facing.”

Smith will continue to serve as a contributing editor for Comment in 2019.

“I want to see Comment continue to thrive,” said Smith. “It will remain nourished by good people and sharp thinkers and it will serve the Cardus mission of promoting a flourishing society. I look forward to continuing my contributions to that work in a new way.” 

Pennings expressed confidence in Comment’s prospects for the future.

Comment has always been blessed with strong editorial leadership that was discerning of its times,” he said. “Cardus will assess the landscape carefully and take time to identify what we need in Jamie’s successor to take Comment to the next level.”

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Daniel Proussalidis
Cardus – Director of Communications
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