The notion of America as a mostly white, mostly Christian country is rapidly becoming a fact for the history books.
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.
Seventeen presidents of America’s largest Protestant denomination call on Obama to put an end to ISIS. But their public letter lacked five critical components.
Former Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller once warned that advances in technology could demolish the Christian Church. But new data indicates that technology has become an empowerment tool for both pastors and parishioners.
New York Times columnist David Brooks called Christian Wiman’s “My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer” the “best modern book on belief.” Here Wiman shares how people of faith can begin accessing the spiritual power of poetry even if, at first, they “just don’t get it.”
Following Jesus in a secular or pluralistic context can feel a little bit like getting stuck in adolescence. But author Ken Wytsma says this weirdness is actually quite normal.
“When I started, I was using these people in Korea to fulfill my aspirations to go to Sundance, but I found something much great” says Brian Ivie, director of “The DropBox.” His critically-acclaimed movie has made him a major player in a burgeoning faith film industry.
“America was founded by folks who thought like this,” a prominent Yale professor says of Islamist extremists. Some may find his comments difficult to swallow in light of recent events.
Almost all U.S. commander-in-chiefs have been Protestant Christians and only three were religiously unaffiliated. Who were the most fervent in their faith?
Cherie Lowe paid off $127,482.30 of debt through a combination of faith and sound financial decisions. Now she teaches others how to “slay their debt dragons.”