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

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

Publications and Scholarly Work