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 Comment magazine.

Speaker’s Bureau

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

“Moving Beyond Conflict: Science and Faith in Harmony” available here: https://bit.ly/2LhjNLz

“Reforming Public Theology” available here: https://bit.ly/2JByTIz

“The Vanishing American Adult” available here: https://bit.ly/2XHmhV9

Publications and Scholarly Work