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What Do You Love?

  • Newport Music Hall 1722 North High Street Columbus, OH, 43201 United States (map)

In the quiet moments, when no one is around and you’re alone with your thoughts, are there questions that nag you? Many of us aren’t willing to go there so we turn away, going from one source of distraction to the next. Can you hear the questions?...

“Am I so sure that I’m really that different from “those people” that disgust me? Am I the person I think that I am? Am I becoming the person I am meant to be?”

Wisdom of old says this: You are what you love. You can see what you love by discerning what you really want. So then, who you are is wrapped up in what you want. It’s not just what you know. It’s not what you believe. It’s not just what you do. You are what you love. But what if...

You might not love what you think?

James KA Smith is a philosopher (Calvin College) that speaks on campuses across the nation about questions like these.

Speaker Bio:


Dr. James KA Smith, Calvin College

Philosophy, Congregational and Ministry Studies

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 Who’s Afraid of Relativism? (2014), How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014) and You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (2016).

His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity TodayBooks & Culture, and First Things and periodicals such as the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Detroit Free Press. Smith is also a Senior Fellow of Cardus and serves as editor of Comment magazine.

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