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Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt is senior columnist for Religion News Service and has published more than 1,000 articles in respected outlets such as USA Today,The AtlanticNational Journal, Christianity TodayThe Washington Post, and CNN.com. He 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.

Jonathan occasionally utilizes a research assistant to facilitate interviews, but the final questions and content are his. He resides in Brooklyn.

Blog Posts by Jonathan Merritt

Posted by Jonathan Merritt 3 weeks 20 hours ago
From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era.That’s the message from Open Doors USA, which released its annual...
Posted by Jonathan Merritt 3 weeks 2 days ago
Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian Americans can be wed in 35 states and the District of Columbia (Florida will boost that number to...
Posted by Jonathan Merritt 8 weeks 1 day ago
This post originally appeared in The Week. Read the full post here.Ridley Scott's Exodus has almost every ingredient necessary to make a holiday blockbuster: a timeless tale...
Posted by Jonathan Merritt 25 weeks 21 hours ago
Well, we’ve just concluded another week in American evangelicalism. Which is to say, we’ve witnessed another Mark Driscoll blunder.This has for sure been a rough year for the Seattle-based mega-...
Posted by Jonathan Merritt 35 weeks 6 days ago
Four years ago, when musician Jennifer Knapp declared to the world that she was a lesbian, some of the conservative Christians who had purchased 1 million of her albums expressed outrage and...