Liturgical Politics: Reforming Public Theology

James K A Smith Payton Lectures 2015

About Our Presenter

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. 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.


Wednesday, April 22

9 am—10 am
Registration, Travis Auditorium Breezeway

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

12:30 pm—2 pm
Alumni Lunch with Joel Green, Barker Commons

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

Thursday, April 23

9 am—10 am
Registration, Travis Auditorium Breezeway

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


The Payton Lectures are free, but registration is required for all attendees. Registration will close on April 19. Limited walk-up registration will be available on site in the Travis Auditorium breezeway.

We will be offering Korean and Spanish translation for the lectures both days. There will be a limited number of headsets available. Please designate on the registration form if you will require translation. We will accommodate walk-up requests for translation as we are able.

Register for the 2015 Payton lecturesFree

Register for the Alumni Lunch with Dean Joel Green$10 online/$20 at the door (as space permits)

About the Payton Lectures

Fuller Theological Seminary instituted the Payton Lectures in 1948, providing for a series of divinity lectures by a notable 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 seminary founder Charles E. Fuller. Recent Payton Lecturers include Miroslav Volf, Ellen Davis, Bernard McGinn, and Luke Timothy Johnson.

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