Photo: Orvin Lao
Christian philosopher James K.A. Smith was the keynote speaker at the
Desiring the Kingdom conference held in
Toronto Oct. 22-24. Sue Careless
interviewed Dr. Smith there.
This is the second part of an interview that first appeared in the Advent issue.
TAP: Did you grow up in a Christian home?
JS: I did not. I grew up in a genetically Scottish village in southern Ontario with a vaguely Presbyterian culture that had a strong sense of morality and a kind of civil religion. But I was not raised in the church or with Bible stories. I would never have thought of myself as an atheist – I had some vague awareness there was a God. I was a good kid. But I felt I hadn’t heard the gospel