Ridley Scott’s epic film deviates from the biblical narrative in at least these 10 places.
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.
Mega-church pastor J.D. Greear has been quietly amassing influence among conservative evangelicals. Now, he’s making waves with a new book about the Holy Spirit.
On CNN, RNS’ Jonathan Merritt discusses Exodus’ race problem, which he believes may have contributed to its underwhelming opening weekend.
The popular author shares valuable lessons she learned from years of wrestling with marital difficulties, financial pressure, and a brutal battle with infertility.
“Exodus” director and lead actor discuss concerns religious moviegoers will undoubtedly have about some of the film’s more controversial moments.
The big budget Bible film hits American theaters on Friday, but it faces a few significant hurdles to winning over religious audiences.
10 prominent black Christians share their emotional responses to Eric Garner situation. We should all listen to their pleas.
Controversial pastor, Rob Bell, and his wife, Kristen, have written a new book on marriage. Here they talk about why they wrote it and what it says that may surprise readers.
Pastor of “Scum of the Earth”–a punk-rock-goth-artist congregation in Denver–has some harsh words and surprising advice for evangelical Christians.