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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Powell Chapel, Truett Seminary, Baylor University
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Eric Metaxas is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which was recently named the “Book of the Year” by the ECPA. The book also won the 2011 John C. Pollock Award for Biography awarded by Beeson Divinity School. Called a “biography of uncommon power,” Bonhoeffer has appeared on numerous Best of the Year lists, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The New Republic, Harper’s, Kirkus, NPR, FoxNews, National Review, The Weekly Standard, C-SPAN’s Book TV, and First Things.
Metaxas is the 2011 recipient of the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. Previous medalists have included Chuck Colson, Archbishop Charles Chaput, and Elie Wiesel.
Metaxas is the founder and host of “Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life,” the acclaimed monthly speakers series of entertaining and thought-provoking discussions on ‘life, God, and other small topics” featuring such speakers as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Baroness Caroline Cox, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, and Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. A Socrates in the City book was published by Penguin/Dutton in 2011.
In a decidedly eclectic career, Eric Metaxas has written for VeggieTales, Chuck Colson, and the New York Times, three things not ordinarily in the same sentence. He is a best-selling author whose biographies, children’s books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into German, French, Albanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, and Macedonian. The Hartford Courant has declared figuring him out “like trying to stick a pushpin in a cyclone.”
Metaxas’ humor writing was first published in the Atlantic Monthly, and has appeared in The New York Times. Woody Allen has called these pieces “quite funny.” Eric’s book and movie reviews, essays, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, National Review Online, Beliefnet, and First Things. He has been awarded fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony for his short stories. The cult-classicDon’t You Believe It! — his book-length parody of the Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not!” books — led novelist Mark Helprin to dub Metaxas “the true heir to the Far Side’s Gary Larson.”
Metaxas has been frequently featured as a cultural commentator on CNN and the Fox News Channel; and has discussed his own books on The History Channel, C-Span’s Book TV, Glenn Beck, and Hannity & Colmes. He has been featured on many radio programs, including NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, Hugh Hewitt, Bill Bennett, and Focus on the Family.
Eric’s biography, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery was the “official companion book” to the feature film. It was a New York Times bestseller lauded by Stanley Crouch (”…a superb history of the British fight against slavery”; Former NYC Congressman Floyd Flake (”magnificent… will stand as a living landmark…”); John Wilson (”a crackling bonfire of clarity and truth.”); and Rudy Giuliani (”better than the movie!”), and many others.
Eric attends Calvary/St. George’s Episcopal Church, and lives in Manhattan, New York, with his wife and daughter.
BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
“A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century.”
— Kirkus (starred review)
“Monumental… a deeply important work.”
— Greg Thornbury, Union University
“[Told] with passion and theological sophistication.”
— The Wall Street Journal