James K.A. Smith

Professor of Philosophy / Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview, Calvin College


James K. A. Smith is 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 a number of influential books, his most recent publication is You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. 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.


Contributions by James K.A. Smith

James K.A. Smith

A Story in Your Bones: God Concept vs. God Image

March 28, 2014

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Christian Worship for Brains on a Stick

March 28, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

The Ancient Psychologists: Biblical Sages

March 28, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Suspicions About Psychology & Spiritual Formation

March 28, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Embodied Spirituality: Exploring Christian Spiritual Formation

March 28, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Why Are Evangelicals Allergic to Repetition? No Formation Without Repetition

March 28, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Embodied Prayer for the Body of Christ

March 28, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

How Your Body Leads Your Spirit

March 28, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Online Learning: Helpful or Hurtful?

March 28, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Christian Education for the Whole Person

March 28, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

What Christians Can Learn from the Mall

March 28, 2014

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Redeeming Ritual: Penance Takes Practice

March 27, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Going Through the Motions: When Liturgy Seems to Fail

March 27, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Are Jewish Traditions Helpful for Christians?

March 27, 2014

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How the Desert Monastics Help Us Unlearn Our Vices

March 27, 2014

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Borrowing Spiritual Practices: Incorporate or Reject?

March 27, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Evangelicals and Monastic Vocations

March 27, 2014

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Imagination: Is Ritual for the Body or the Mind?

March 27, 2014

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James K.A. Smith

Lent as Sacred, Embodied Time-Keeping // Dust No. 8

March 13, 2014

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