James K. A. Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.
The author of many influential books, Smith also regularly writes for magazines and newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Slate, First Things, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and The Hedgehog Review. He serves as editor-in-chief of Image Journal.
He and his wife, Deanna, are elementary school sweethearts with four adult children and (so far) three children-in-law. Natives of Stratford, Ontario, they lived in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before settling in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids. They are committed urban dwellers who enjoy gardening, travel, wine with friends, and curling up on the couch with their maltipoo, Kirby.
September 11th, 2020 | “Habits, Home and the Human Heart” an Online Conversation with James K. A. Smith
October 7th, 2019 | “On the Road with Saint Augustine” an Evening Conversation in Washington, DC with James K. A. Smith and Elizabeth Bruenig
June 18th, 2018 | “Moving Beyond Conflict: Science and Faith in Harmony” an Evening Conversation in Washington, DC with James K. A. Smith and Francis Collins
December 4th, 2017 | “Reforming Public Theology” an Evening Conversation in Washington, DC with James K. A. Smith and Michael Wear
June 13th, 2017 | “When Adolescence Has Become a Destination” an Evening Conversation in Washington, DC with James K. A. Smith and Ben Sasse
Related Trinity Forum Readings
“Confessions” by Augustine, featuring an original introduction by James K. A. Smith
Selected Publications and Scholarly Work
• How to Inhabit Time (2022)
• All Things Hold Together in Christ (2018)
• Hermeneutics at the Crossroads (2006)
• Jacques Derrida: Live Theory (2005)