NYC-based event series, “Socrates in the City: Conversations on the
Examined Life” and the host of the nationally syndicated radio program,
The Eric Metaxas Show.
of Astoria, Queens, Metaxas grew up in Danbury, Connecticut and
graduated from Yale University, where he edited the Yale Record, the nation’s oldest college humor magazine. Metaxas lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.. He is Greek on his father’s side and German on his mother’s, while he was raised in a Greek Orthodox environment..
Church and while he has not formally left it (saying he has “great
respect” for it) he attends an Evangelical Episcopal church in New York.
Metaxas describes himself as a “Mere Christian” after the works of C.S.
Lewis, saying his books “don’t touch upon anything at all where
Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians differ. They express
just the basics of the faith, from a basic, ecumenical Christian
viewpoint. They only talk about the Christian faith that they have
best seller, climbing to #1 in the e-book category. It also won the
2011 John C. Pollock Award for Christian Biography awarded by Beeson
Divinity School and a 2011 Christopher Award.
United States among evangelical Christians, Bonhoeffer scholars have
criticized Metaxas’s book as unhistorical, theologically weak, and
philosophically naive. Professor of German History and Bonhoeffer
scholar Richard Weikart, for example, credits his “engaging writing
style,” but claims Metaxas has a lack of intellectual background to
interpret Bonhoeffer properly. The biography has also been criticized by
Bonhoeffer scholars Victoria Barnett and Clifford Green. However,
several literary critics have praised Metaxas’ work as a “weighty,
riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” and a “complete
biography of a great theologian” with “liberal use of primary sources.”
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parody “Omelet” from “Lyle the Kindly Viking”) and provided the voice
of the narrator in “Esther… The Girl Who Became Queen”, based on the
Book of Esther.
York City event series called “Socrates in the City: Conversations on
the Examined Life,” where he interviews thinkers and writers, and is
labeled as a forum on “life, God, and other small topics” in Metaxas’
book about the series. Dr. Francis Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, Sir John
Polkinghorne, Kathleen Norris, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Dick Cavett,
N.T. Wright, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Dame Alice von Hildebrand, Peter
Hitchens and Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks have all been guests.
BreakPoint radio commentaries for former Nixon aide and Prison
Fellowship founder Charles “Chuck” Colson. Upon Colson’s death in 2012,
Metaxas, along with John Stonestreet, became the voice of “BreakPoint,”
which now airs weekdays on 1350 outlets across the country.
about the rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad, and he spoke at
the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2013 and 2014 on the
issue of Religious Freedom.
for his work, including the Becket Fund’s Canterbury Medal in 2011 and
the Human Life Review’s Defender of Life Award in 2013. Metaxas
is the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees, one from
Hillsdale College, another from Liberty University, and the most recent
from Sewanee: The University of the South