Eric Metaxas Was in Chicago Last Week. So was I.

Check out Emily McFarlan Miller’s Religion News Service piece on our recent visits to Chicago.  Metaxas was at Judson University, a Christian college in Elgin.  I was at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore at the University of Chicago. Here is a taste of Miller’s piece: Historian John Fea is skeptical of Metaxas’ views on American history … Continue reading Eric Metaxas Was in Chicago Last Week. So was I.

Franklin Graham, Al Mohler, Eric Metaxas, Russell Moore and Rachel Held Evans on the *Second* Kavanaugh Accusation

Kayla Koslosky has rounded-up some tweets and other commentary from evangelicals on the Deborah Ramirez accusation.  Here is a taste of her piece at “Christian Headlines”: Many Christian leaders are offering their opinions on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and they are divided.  Though the schism has only become greater since Kavanaugh was accused of … Continue reading Franklin Graham, Al Mohler, Eric Metaxas, Russell Moore and Rachel Held Evans on the *Second* Kavanaugh Accusation

After *The New Yorker* Nixes Steve Bannon, Court Evangelical Eric Metaxas Steps-In

David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, was going to interview former Trump adviser and Alt-right leader Steve Bannon at the magazine’s annual festival.  When other guests at the festival said they would drop-out unless Bannon was disinvited, Remnick folded and Bannon was dumped.  Learn more here. Not everyone–even those who are not part of … Continue reading After *The New Yorker* Nixes Steve Bannon, Court Evangelical Eric Metaxas Steps-In

Court Evangelical Eric Metaxas Continues to Play Fast and Loose With American History

Eric Metaxas is one of the court evangelicals in attendance tonight at the White House.  Here he is with Mike Pence: Earlier tonight, Metaxas tweeted this: I am thankful to several folks who sent this tweet to me.  Eric Metaxas blocked me from seeing his Twitter feed after I wrote a multi-part series criticizing his … Continue reading Court Evangelical Eric Metaxas Continues to Play Fast and Loose With American History

Maria Butina Duped Eric Metaxas

It looks like Christian radio host, writer, and court evangelical Eric Metaxas got duped by Butina.  Here is a taste of Ruth Graham’s piece at Slate: A grand jury indicted Russian gun-rights activist Mariia Butina on Tuesday for planning to “infiltrate” several American political organizations including, apparently, the National Rifle Association, on behalf of a high-ranking Russian official. … Continue reading Maria Butina Duped Eric Metaxas

Jim Wallis and Eric Metaxas Discuss Evangelicals and Trump

Eric Metaxas says that over the past “twenty or thirty years” evangelicals have come to understand that “even in public life, the Christian faith is about grace and forgiveness, more than it is about moralism….This doesn’t mean that morality and character don’t count, but at the end of the day, Christianity is not a faith that is principally … Continue reading Jim Wallis and Eric Metaxas Discuss Evangelicals and Trump

Charles Marsh on the “Bonhoeffer Delusions” of Eric Metaxas

As some of you know, evangelical writer and culture warrior Eric Metaxas has invoked 20th-century German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer to buttress his argument that evangelical Christians should vote for Donald Trump in November. Metaxas is not the only Bonhoeffer biographer out there.  Charles Marsh of the University of Virginia has also recently published a biography … Continue reading Charles Marsh on the “Bonhoeffer Delusions” of Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas and David Barton Team Up Against “Angry” Historians

Today David Barton, the GOP activist who uses the American past to promote his political agenda, appeared on the Eric Metaxas Show.  Thanks again to Warren Throckmorton for providing an audio clip of the part of their conversation related to Metaxas’s book If You Can Keep It. As some of you know, I have been critical … Continue reading Eric Metaxas and David Barton Team Up Against “Angry” Historians

Review of Eric Metaxas, “If You Can Keep It”: Part 5

We are in the midst of a short series on Eric Metaxas’s new book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.  You can get caught up here. This post examines Metaxas’s understanding of the First Great Awakening and, specifically, the role in the Awakening played by George Whitefield.  Since Metaxas devotes an … Continue reading Review of Eric Metaxas, “If You Can Keep It”: Part 5

Review of Eric Metaxas, “If You Can Keep It”: Part 4

We are in the midst of a short series on Eric Metaxas’s new book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.  You can get caught up here. In this post we want to examine Metaxas’s understanding of the relationship between England and the thirteen American colonies, particularly as it relates to the … Continue reading Review of Eric Metaxas, “If You Can Keep It”: Part 4

Review of Eric Metaxas, “If You Can Keep It”: Part 3

We are in the midst of a short series on Eric Metaxas’s new book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty.  You can get caught up here. In this post we want to examine Metaxas’s assertion that British-America was characterized by religious freedom. Here are some of the pertinent passages: p.10: “The … Continue reading Review of Eric Metaxas, “If You Can Keep It”: Part 3

Review of Eric Metaxas, “If You Can Keep It”: Part 1

Over the last decade Eric Metaxas, a writer, biographer, Yale graduate, and cultural commentator, has become a popular spokesperson for conservative evangelicalism. Metaxas is best known for his wildly popular, but deeply flawed, biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  The book not only sold a lot of copies, but launched a speaking tour in which Metaxas was … Continue reading Review of Eric Metaxas, “If You Can Keep It”: Part 1