Liturgical Politics: Reforming Public Theology

James K A Smith Payton Lectures 2015


Wed., April 22

10am-12pm — Rites Talk: Democracy as Worship, Travis Auditorium

1pm-2pm — Coffee and Conversation with James K.A. Smith, Archives Bookstore

Thurs., April 23

10am-12pm — The City of God and the City We’re In: Augustinian Principles for Cultural Engagement, Travis Auditorium



About Our Presenter

James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. The award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? and Desiring the Kingdom, his most recent books include Imagining the Kingdom (2013), Discipleship in the Present Tense (2013), Who’s Afraid of Relativism? (2014), and How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014). His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and First Things. He is a Senior Fellow of the think tank Cardus and serves as editor of Comment magazine. Jamie and his wife, Deanna, have four children.

About The Payton Lectures

Fuller Theological Seminary instituted the Payton Lectures in 1948, providing for a series of divinity lectures by a competent scholar outside the regular faculty. The lectureship is named for Dr. John E. and Mrs. Eliza Payton, parents of the late Mrs. Grace Fuller, wife of Charles E. Fuller, founder of the Seminary. Recent Payton Lecturers include Miroslav Volf, Ellen Davis, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Bernard McGinn and Luke Timothy Johnson.

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