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Theos hosts philosopher and writer James K.A. Smith, who will talk about his new book exploring what we can learn from St Augustine of Hippo.
What does an ancient bishop from north Africa have to say to 21st century Europeans?
On 25th September, Theos hosts philosopher and writer James K.A. Smith to discuss St Augustine of Hippo. The event will mark the launch of Smith’s latest book, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real–world Spirituality for Restless Hearts (2019).
In conversation with philosophers, novelists, and playwrights like Camus and Kerouac, Smith will suggest we are more “Augustinian” than we realise. Tracking the influence of Augustine on our quest for authenticity, Smith will introduce us to an Augustine we perhaps haven’t met before — and to a Christianity to consider before you stop believing.
The event will be held at Theos, 77 Great Peter Street, SW1P 2EZ on Wednesday 25th September. Doors open at 6.30pm for a start at 7pm. Q&A and refreshments will follow the discussion.
James K.A. Smith (PhD, Villanova University) is a popular speaker who has written many books, including Awaiting the King, Imagining the Kingdom, How (Not) to Be Secular, and the Christianity Today Book Award winners You Are What You Love, Desiring the Kingdom, and Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? He is professor of philosophy at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He was editor in chief of Comment magazine from 2013 to 2018 and is now editor in chief of Image journal. Smith has written for Christianity Today, First Things, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Washington Post.
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