Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith to speak on ‘Resident Aliens: The City of God in a Secular Age’

Feb 15, 2018
James K A Smith

Christian philosopher and speaker James K.A. Smith will be at Newman University from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 23 and 24, in the Jabara Flexible Theater located in the De Mattias Fine Arts Center.

The colloquium, titled “Resident Aliens: The City of God in a Secular Age,” is a result of the first-time partnership between the Gerber Institute and the Eighth Day Institute.

The purpose of the colloquium is to, according to Eighth Day’s Colloquium website, “Seek to cultivate a community of friends among Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant leaders so they can stand together in a decadent anti-Christian culture. The Eighth Day Colloquium provides an opportunity to cultivate that community while being equipped to more effectively reach our secular age.”

According to James K.A. Smith’s official website, he “is a professor of philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society and the church.”

The lecture will focus on “politics through the lens of liturgy in the context of understanding what it means to live in a secular age” as stated in the colloquium promotional pamphlet.

Assistant Professor of Theology Matthew Umbarger, who is a Gerber fellow this year, believes the partnering of the Gerber Institute and the Eighth Day Institute will foster meaningful discussion in the hope of drawing Christianity back to earthly unity.

For more information and registration, visit or call (316) 573-8413.