An Interview with Eric Metaxas
by Marcia Segelstein
Eric Metaxas is a funny guy with a dry wit and a comedian’s sense of timing. He’s also a serious Christian who came to faith in his twenties, after graduating from Yale a confirmed unbeliever. His resume could be the definition of eclectic. He’s written for Veggie Tales, Chuck Colson, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, and National Review Online, to name a few.
His book credits include best-selling biographies and children’s books. Among them are Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy; Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery; Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask); Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, and It’s Time to Sleep, My Love. It’s worth attending the Socrates in the City events (see sidebar), which he founded and hosts, just to hear him introduce the speakers who come to discuss the “bigger questions in life.” And that’s saying a lot, considering that the speakers have included Dinesh D’Souza, N. T. Wright, Peter Kreeft, George Weigel, Robert George, and the late Richard John Neuhaus.
Most recently, Metaxas made news as keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., attended by, among others, the President and First Lady. His oratorical skills did not fail him, nor did his commitment to “speak the truth in love,” when he raised the subject of protecting the unborn and led the entire gathering in song. He spoke to us about that experience.