Becoming a Peculiar People for Public Witness: Christian Formation for the Common Good
Jamie Smith, Calvin College
In order to answer our calling to be God’s image-bearers to the world, we need to be attentive not just to our intellectual equipment but the formation of habits and virtues. In this talk, we’ll explore why our vocation requires us to be attentive to the dynamics of habit-formation—how cultural rhythms and rituals function as (de)formative liturgies and why, then, Christian worship is the hub of formation for vocation.
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 next book, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, will be published in March 2016. His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and First Things and periodicals such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Detroit Free Press. Smith is also a Senior Fellow of Cardus and serves as editor of Comment magazine.