Jesse Smith

Sessional Instructor

Contact me

Phone: 819-700-2881

Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS  B3H 3B5

Ph.D. [cand] (Saint Paul University)
M.A. (Atlantic School of Theology)
B.A. Classics (University of New Brunswick)

Personal statement

A willingness to remain in a place of tension and paradox is among the most challenging virtues to cultivate. It is also among the most productive for any education. Whether working in a both/and or either/or paradigm it is the “slash,” such a silly place to dwell, that provides the tension…the springboard for intellectual and spiritual development.

Research interests

Ethics of hospitality; Philosophical theology; Doctrine of the human soul

Courses taught

Introduction to Christian Ethics

Current project

Participation and Analogy and their reference to Contemporary debates over the human soul (Dissertation)

Representative publications

  • “Random Access Liturgies: Daft Punk as Digital Priests” in Music, Justice and Theology. Rowman and Littlefield, (2017)
  • Let Us Now Praise Middle Men (and Women): A Theology for the Hospitality Industry, Comment Magazine (July 2017)
  • Review of The Analogical Turn: Rethinking Modernity with Nicholas of Cusa” Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. in Canadian-American Theological Review (2017)
  • Review of Thomas O’Loughlin, The Eucharist: Origins and Contemporary Understandings, London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015. In Theoforum (v. 47 2017)

Previous positions

Research Assistant: Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism

Professional affiliations/activities

  • Interim Minister, First Baptist Church Ottawa
  • Board of Governors, Canadian Council of Churches
  • Executive Member, Canadian Theological Society


Bartending, canoeing, cooking