The stories, testimonies and profiles of our godly forebears are a powerful and direct link to the past, allowing us to see major historical events and eras through the eyes of those who lived through and participated in them. Such a unique perspective serves not only to enlarge our understanding of history, it also provides insight into the character of these men and women we study. It is instructive for us to consider particularly the impact of some of those saints of old who were concerned with building a godly social order. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the lives of these trailblazing figures.
JAMES K.A. SMITH is a Senior Fellow with Cardus, editor-in-chief of Comment, and teaches philosophy at Calvin College. His latest book is You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (Brazos, 2016). Jamie studied at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa; the University of Waterloo; the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto; and earned his Ph.D. at Villanova University. He is a Visiting Professor at Trinity College of the University of Toronto and has also taught at Regent College, Fuller Seminary, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Jamie is an award-winning author of a number of books, including Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? (Baker Academic, 2006), Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Baker Academic, 2009), Letters to a Young Calvinist (Brazos, 2010), and How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (Eerdmans, 2014). He is currently at work on volume 3 of his Cultural Liturgies trilogy under the working title, Embodying the Kingdom: Reforming Public Theology. Jamie and his wife, Deanna, are elementary school sweethearts and have four children. They live in Grand Rapids.