James K. A. Smith Senior Fellow

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.

Speaker’s Bureau

Dr. Smith has spoken at several Trinity Forum Evening Conversations on topics such as: public theology, spiritual formation, and cultural liturgies.

Moving Beyond Conflict: Science and Faith in Harmony” June 18, 2018

Reforming Public Theology” December 4, 2017

The Vanishing American Adult” June 13, 2017

Publications and Scholarly Work