The Agora Institute's spring lecture series continues on March 17th with a lecture by Dr. James K.A. Smith, entitled Becoming a Peculiar People for Public Witness: Christian Formation for the Common Good. In order to answer our calling to be God’s image-bearers to the world, we need to be attentive not only to our intellectual equipment, but also to the formation of our habits and virtues. As Smith stated in an interview with Christianity Today, “Human beings are at their core defined by what they worship rather than primarily by what they think, know, or believe...The rituals and practices that form our loves spill out well beyond the sanctuary."
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.
On behalf of our co-sponors-- The Templeton Honors College and the Agora Institute-- we hope you can join us!
Date & Time: March 17, 8PM
Place: Warner Library, Eastern University, St. Davids
Cost: As always, Agora lectures are free and open to the public. Click here to reserve a seat.
Other info: This event is sponsored by Liberti Church: Center City & Main Line, the Agora Institute, and the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University.
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.