Eric Metaxas

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Eric Metaxas
Metaxas in 2012
Metaxas in 2012
Born (1963-06-27) June 27, 1963 (age 55)
Astoria, Queens, New York City, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, talk show host
Alma materYale University

Eric Metaxas (born 1963) is an American author, speaker, and radio host. He is known for three biographies, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery about William Wilberforce [2007], Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy about Dietrich Bonhoeffer [2011], and Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World about Martin Luther [2017]. He has also written humor, children's books, and scripts for VeggieTales. Metaxas is the founder and host of the 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 [1]


Metaxas was born in New York City neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, 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.[2] He is Greek on his father's side and German on his mother's, while he was raised in a Greek Orthodox environment.[3]

Metaxas was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church and while he has not formally left it (saying he has "great respect" for it) he has attended Calvary-St. George Episcopal Church in New York since 2001.[4][5] 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 agreement on."[4]


Metaxas's works If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty and Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life are both New York Times best selling books.[6][7]

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy won the 2010 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Christian Book of the Year.[8] Bonhoeffer is a New York Times best seller, climbing to #1 in the e-book category.[9] It also won the 2011 John C. Pollock Award for Christian Biography awarded by Beeson Divinity School and a 2011 Christopher Award.[10][11] Although the book is popular in the 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.[12] The biography has also been criticized by Bonhoeffer scholars Victoria Barnett[13] and Clifford Green.[14] However, Metaxas' work has also been praised as a "weighty, riveting analysis of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer" which "bring[s] Bonhoeffer and other characters to vivid life".[15][16]

Metaxas's biography of Wilberforce, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, was the companion book to the 2006 film.[17]

He has also written over thirty children's books, including It's Time to Sleep, My Love and Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving. He has written scripts for VeggieTales (even the Hamlet 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.[citation needed]

Other writing has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.[18][19]

Radio show[edit]

In April 2015, Metaxas began hosting the two-hour, daily nationally syndicated radio program broadcast from the Empire State Building in New York called "The Eric Metaxas Show". The show is syndicated by the Salem Radio Network.[20] Recent notable guests include Dinesh D'Souza, Dick Cavett, David Brooks, Kirsten Powers, Kathie Lee Gifford, Peter Hitchens (brother of Christopher Hitchens), Jimmie "J.J." Walker, Andrew Garfield,[21] now-convicted felon Russian Maria Butina[22], and Milo Yiannopoulos[23].

Other activities[edit]

Metaxas speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference

Metaxas is the founder and host of a New 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.[24] 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.[25]

Metaxas has been featured as a cultural commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel, most frequently on the show "Red Eye";[26] and has discussed his own books on The History Channel, C-Span's Book TV, the Glenn Beck Program, and Huckabee. He has been featured on many radio programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, The Laura Ingraham Show, and On Being with Krista Tippett, as well as Hugh Hewitt, Bill Bennett, Kerby Anderson's Point of View, and The Alan Colmes Show.

In the late 1990s Metaxas wrote 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.[27]

Metaxas speaking at Ocean Grove, New Jersey (2018)

On February 2, 2012, Metaxas was the keynote speaker for the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast.[28] On July 3, 2018, Metaxas spoke at Ocean Grove, New Jersey, on the significance of Martin Luther's role in Christianity and its implications for Western thought.

Metaxas has testified before Congress 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.[29][30][31]

On March 25, 2014 Metaxas was announced as "Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Large" of The King's College in New York City.


Metaxas is the winner of several awards for his work, including the Becket Fund's Canterbury Medal in 2011 and the Human Life Review's Defender of Life Award in 2013.[32][33] Metaxas has received multiple honorary doctorate degrees, including from Hillsdale College, Liberty University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Ohio Christian University, and Colorado Christian University.[34][35][36][37]


  1. ^ "Eric Metaxas Show". Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Author Biography: HarperCollins Publishers".
  3. ^ "Deep thrills". June 19, 2006. Archived from the original on September 22, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Vicki J. Yiannias (August 1, 2007). "Eric Metaxas and the God Question". Greek News.
  5. ^ Sarah Pulliam Bailey (July 29, 2013). "Is Eric Metaxas the next Chuck Colson? _ UPDATED". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - July 17, 2016 - The New York Times".
  7. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - November 16, 2014 - The New York Times".
  8. ^ "Christian Book Expo 2009: Christian Book Award". Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  9. ^ "The New York Times Best Sellers". The New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "John C. Pollock Award for Christian Biography". Beeson Divinity School Samford University. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Christophers". The Christophers. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  12. ^ Richard Weikart, "Metaxas' Counterfeit Bonhoeffer: An Evangelical Critique: Review of Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy", California State University. [1]
  13. ^ "Review of Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich". September 3, 2010. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  14. ^ Green, Clifford (October 5, 2010). "Hijacking Bonhoeffer". The Christian Century. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  15. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich by Eric Metaxas, Author". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "BONHOEFFER by Eric Metaxas". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  17. ^ Metaxas, Eric. "Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas". Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  18. ^ Eric, Metaxas (February 16, 2001). "No More Pluto, No More Taupe". The New York Times. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  19. ^ Eric, Metaxas (December 25, 2014). "Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God". WSJ. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  20. ^ "Salem Media Group and Eric Metaxas Join Forces with a New Daily Show". PR News Wire. CAMARILLO, Calif. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  21. ^ "Have you heard the Eric Metaxas Show? Highlights Ahead!". June 13, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  22. ^ "Maria Butina". The Eric Metaxas Show. July 15, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2018 – via SoundCloud.
  23. ^ The Eric Metaxas Show, Milo Yiannopoulos Interview with Eric Metaxas, retrieved January 13, 2019
  24. ^ "Life, God, and Other Small Topics: Conversations from Socrates in the City". Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  25. ^ "Socrates in the City". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  26. ^ "Search Results for "red eye metaxas"". Fox News. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  27. ^ "About BreakPoint". Prison Fellowship. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  28. ^ "Obama says faith mandates him to care for the poor". The Washington Post. May 23, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  29. ^ "Rise of Anti-Semitism in Europe, Threat to other Faiths & Democracy Addressed at Hearing". Chris Smith. February 27, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  30. ^ "Eric Metaxas CPAC 2013". YouTube. March 16, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  31. ^ "CPAC 2014 - Eric Metaxas, Author". YouTube. March 7, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  32. ^ "The Canterbury Medal Dinner". The Becket Fund. 2014. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  33. ^ "Great Defender of Life Dinner". The Human Life Review. 2014. Archived from the original on May 30, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  34. ^ "Hillsdale". Hillsdale. 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  35. ^ "Liberty University Baccalaureate Speaker Eric Metaxas Fortifies Graduates for a Life of Faith, Receives Honorary Doctorate". PRWeb. 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  36. ^ "Easter Convocation Will Bestow Doctor of Divinity Degrees". Sewanee: The University of the South. 2015. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  37. ^ "Eric Metaxas on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved July 5, 2018.

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