“Who’s Afraid of Relavitism?  Embracing the Contingency of Creaturehood”


Lecture 1:  “It Depends: Creation, Contingency, and the Specter of Relativism”

  • Monday, February 11, 2013, 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
  • Location:  Crill Performance Hall

Lecture 2:  “Context is Everything: Wittgenstein on Meaning as Use”

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. 
  • Location:  Crill Performance Hall

Lecture 3:  “Learning How to Use The World: Augustine the ‘Relativist’”

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
  • Location:  Crill Performance Hall

Brewed Awakening Conversation: “God of the Market, God of the Nation-State: Cultural Exegesis of Secular Liturgies”

Guest Chapel Speaker:  Dr. James K. A. Smith

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013 9:45 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
  • Location:  Brown Chapel

Lecture 4:  “Who’s Afraid of Contingency?  Owning Up To Our Creaturehood with Rorty”

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
  • Location:  Crill Performance Hall


This concludes the Spring 2013 H. Orton Wiley Lecture Series in Theology. 

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SmithDr. James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Byker Chair in Appied Reformed Theology and Worldview.

A specialist in continental philosophy and philosophical theology, Dr. Smith’s work is multidisciplinary – a kind of theologically-informed cultural criticism that is just as concerned with politics and science as worship and discipleship.  Reflective of this, he is a fellow of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and serves as a Senior Fellow of The Colossian Forum on Faith, Science, and Culture

Jamie is an award-winning author whose books include Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? Taking Derrida, Lyodtard, and Foucault to Church (Baker Academic, 2006), Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy (Erdmans, 2010), Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Baker Academic, 2009-winner of the Christianity Today Book Award). His new book, Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works appeared in January 2013.

He and his wife, Deanna, have 4 children and are committed urban dwellers who make their home in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids, MI.