The Seattle pastor comes out swinging in his latest book, scolding American Christians for their couch-surfing slacktivism. Says we live in a “social-media-hyper-narcisstic-ego-self-centered world.”
Author Archives: Jonathan Merritt
About Jonathan Merritt
Jonathan is senior columnist for Religion News Service and a regular contributor to The Week. He has published more than 1000 articles in respected outlets such as USA Today, The Atlantic, National Journal, Christianity Today, The Washington Post, and CNN.com. Jonathan is author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined and A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars. His first book, Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet, was called "a must-read for churchgoers" by Publisher's Weekly.
As a respected Christian voice, Jonathan regularly contributes commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets. Jonathan has been interviewed by ABC World News, NPR, CNN, PBS, Fox News, Slate, Politico, and The New York Times. He serves on the advisory board for Religion News Service, America's largest provider of news about religion and spirituality.
Jonathan first entered the public eye when a classroom epiphany prompted him to organize a national coalition of Christian leaders who care about the creation. Since then, he's been on the front lines of pressing cultural conversations from poverty to orphan care. He is a member of the national board of directors for Bethany Christian Services, America's largest adoption agency. Outreach magazine recently named Jonathan one of 30 influencers reshaping Christian leadership.
Jonathan has become a sought after speaker by colleges, seminaries, churches and conferences on cultural and religious issues. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
He resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Matthew Paul Turner argues from history that Christians have Americanized God. But making God into “a naked paper doll,” he says, is riddled with problems.
Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large for “America” magazine, says his recent trip to the Middle East revealed surprising new truths about Jesus that many have not previously considered.
While some Christians say there can be no middle ground on same-sex behavior, one author argues for a third way approach. “In a perfect world, we would be free to hold our deepest beliefs and no one would experience marginalization,” says Wendy VanderWal-Gritter.
Brian McLaren once led one of the most talked about movements within American Christianity. A quarter-century after its beginning, he reflects back on what it was really about.
Pastor Mark Driscoll says he’s sorry for inappropriate comments made under a pseudonym in 2000. Here’s why Christians should accept his apology.
A Fulbright scholar contends that animal suffering and death presents a formidable challenge for Christian creationists and Biblical literalists.