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How to Love What You'll Lose: An Evening with James K. A. Smith

7:00 pm

St Barnabas Dalston, E8 2EA

An evening with James K. A .Smith to launch his new book "How to Inhabit Time"

Join us for an evening with theologian James K. A. Smith, professor at Calvin University, who is over from America to launch his new book How to Inhabit Time.

A hot meal will be included in the ticket. Tickets at Eventbrite here.


"In all of our rich literature on spiritual formation I think there is something missing, which is attention to the fact that as creatures, we are temporal, we live in history. How to Inhabit Time, is really intended to be a spirituality that takes seriously our temporality. That recognises that God has made us as creatures who inhabit history, are shaped by it, who inherit things, are bequeathed gifts from the past, but are also called to live into a future: that we live leaning forwards....

The books pulse has three beats: reckoning, discernment and hope. To become spiritually in tune with time and history is to reckon with our past: to grapple with what he have inherited, what has been handed down to us and how we have been shaped. It is to discern our now: to ask what am I called to in this moment, given that history. And it is to live into a hope, into a future; to realise that the God who meets me now is calling me to a new creation, to another world, to kingdom come. So those beats of reckoning, discernment and hope are the spiritual impulses of how to inhabit time." James K A Smith



James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin University, where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and a widely traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.

The author of a number of influential books, Smith’s writing has also appeared in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as in magazines such as America, the Christian Century, Christianity Today, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and LitHub. He serves as editor in chief of Image, a quarterly journal at the intersection of art, faith, and mystery.

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