BOOK LAUNCH LECTURE (Augustine Our Contemporary: How to Find Yourself) & WORSHOP (Real World Spirituality)

Speaker(s): James K. A. Smith
Date: Nov 1-2, 2019
Length: 3:58:50
Product ID: RGDL4933S

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Regent College welcomed James K. A. Smith for a public lecture and book launch. Dr. Smith's talk "Augustine our Contemporary: How to Find Yourself" draws on the theme of his new book, On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real World Spirituality for Restless Hearts.

Smith also delivered two morning lectures, each followed by Q&A

  • Lecture A: Augustine Our Contemporary: How to Find Yourself


Popular speaker and award-winning author James K. A. Smith has spent time on the road with Augustine, and he invites us to take this journey too, for this ancient African thinker knows far more about us than we might expect.

Following Smith's successful You Are What You Love, this book shows how Augustine can be a pilgrim guide to a spirituality that meets the complicated world we live in. Augustine, says Smith, is the patron saint of restless hearts: a guide who has been there, asked our questions, and knows our frustrations and failed pursuits.

Augustine spent a lifetime searching for his heart's true home and he can help us find our way. 'What makes Augustine a guide worth considering,' says Smith, 'is that he knows where home is, where rest can be found, what peace feels like, even if it is sometimes ephemeral and elusive along the way.' Addressing believers and skeptics alike, this book shows how Augustine's timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life, covering topics such as ambition, sex, friendship, freedom, parenthood, and death. As Smith vividly and colorfully brings Augustine to life for 21st-century readers, he also offers a fresh articulation of Christianity that speaks to our deepest hungers, fears, and hopes.

  • Lecture B: "A Refugee Spirituality: How to Live Between"
  • Lecture C: "On Friendship: How to Belong"

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      James K.A. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, holding the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. He is author of many books, including Discipleship in the Present Tense: Reflections on Faith and Culture, Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy, and Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-Secular Theology.

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