Dirk Jacobus Smit was born in Caledon in 1951 and grew up in Moorreesburg. He
studied Philosophy and Theology at Stellenbosch University (MA
Philosophy, 1976, and DTh Systematic Theology, 1979). He is married to Ria
(Jonker), teaching music at Stellenbosch University. They have two
children, Lise and Nico.
Ordained and serving as minister since 1978, he taught Systematic Theology at the University of the Western Cape from 1981 and in Stellenbosch since 2000. He was also professor for Social Ethics at the University of Marburg, Germany, and visiting researcher at different universities and seminaries, including Duke, Princeton Seminary, the GTU (Berkeley), and Heidelberg.
He is interested in reformed and ecumenical theology and in the public role of the church, and often preaches in congregations.
He has published more than 300 scholarly works, in journals, dictionaries, encyclopaedias and edited volumes, and is the author or co-editor of more than 30 popular books, as well as a weekly column in Die Burger.
|Woord teen die lig (a series of 22 volumes, edited with B.A. Müller & C.W. Burger)|
'n Oomblik van Waarheid (A Moment of Truth, edited with G.D. Cloete, 1984)
Hoe verstaan ons wat ons lees? (1987)
Christus is die Heer! (1986)
Die geloof dan is (1987)
Hoop in lewe en lyding ... (1988)
Wat sien ons in die spieël? (1994)
Kerk en geweld (with J J F Durand, 1995)
Gesigte van die liefde (1998)
Geloof sien in die donker (1998)
Verlange na méér (1999)
|Want God is ons hoop (2000)|
Son van Geregtigheid (2000)
Wat Here is en lewend maak (2001)
Lig uit lig (2001)
Christen-wees in 'n wegholwêreld (2002)
Vernuwe! Na die beeld van ons Skepper (2003)
Die Bybel A-Z (co-author, with J van der Watt et al, 2003)
Neem, lees! Oor die hoor en verstaan van die Bybel, LuxVerbi, 2006
Essays in Public Theology. Collected Essays 1, (ed. E. Conradie), African Sun Media, 2007.
Geloof en openbare lewe. Versamelde Opstelle 2, (red. N N Koopman), Sun Press, 2008
Dieper as Wat Ons Dink: Wat is Die Waardes? En is Dit Regtig Wie Ons Wil Wees?, Lux Verbi, 2009