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Jonathan Merritt

Jonathan Merritt is senior columnist for Religion News Service and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He has published more than 2500 articles in outlets like USA Today, The Week, Buzzfeed and National Journal. Jonathan is author of "Jesus is Better Than You Imagined" and "A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars." He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

All Stories by Jonathan Merritt

What is the ‘Enneagram,’ and why are Christians suddenly so enamored by it?

By Jonathan Merritt — September 5, 2017
Everything you wanted to know about the Enneagram but are afraid to ask.

Take a deep breath. The Nashville Statement won’t change anything

By Jonathan Merritt — August 30, 2017
(RNS) — 'A closer look at this statement reveals a number of fatal flaws, which are likely to render it impotent,' writes Jonathan Merritt.

Brian Zahnd: No, God didn’t command genocide in the Old Testament

By Jonathan Merritt — August 29, 2017
The following is an adaptation from “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God.” I have decided to feature it here because it was one of the most profound and readable theological reflections that I’ve encountered in my life. I highly recommend that you order it.  Even a casual reader of the Bible notices that […]

Why Christians can stay hopeful in this time of political darkness

By Jonathan Merritt — August 22, 2017
(RNS) — After weeks of moral chaos, Americans have grown discouraged. Here's how Jesus-people can keep hope.

Eugene Peterson had this to say about same-sex issues in 2014

By Jonathan Merritt — July 13, 2017
"I started to change my mind," Peterson says about the result of friendships with gay men in his church.

Eugene Peterson backtracks on same-sex marriage

By Jonathan Merritt — July 13, 2017
(RNS) — After condemnation from conservatives and a Christian bookstore's threat to ban his books, 'The Message' author says he regrets telling RNS columnist Jonathan Merritt that he would officiate a same-sex wedding.

Eugene Peterson on changing his mind about same-sex issues and marriage

By Jonathan Merritt — July 12, 2017
The 84-year-old best-selling author says he would perform a same-sex wedding if he were a pastor today.

Eugene Peterson on Donald Trump and the state of American Christianity

By Jonathan Merritt — July 11, 2017
The 84-year-old bestselling author says, "Donald Trump is the enemy" and "megachurches are not churches."

Eugene Peterson on why he’s leaving public life and whether he fears death

By Jonathan Merritt — July 10, 2017
The 84-year-old best-selling author says he has penned his last book. Here's why he's hanging it up.

Is the Bible more pro-woman than you assume?

By Jonathan Merritt — June 30, 2017
Conservative Christian writer Wendy Alsup says God was the first feminist and that the Bible, rightly understood, is pro-women.

Karen Handel and the spurious Christian case against LGBT adoption

By Jonathan Merritt — June 23, 2017
Does the Christian faith call believers to oppose LGBT couples from adopting children?

Rob Bell once questioned hell: Here’s why he is now taking aim at the Bible

By Jonathan Merritt — June 13, 2017
'What is the Bible?' is Rob Bell at his Rob Bell-iest: punchy, conversational and riddled with provocative questions.

This Vatican adviser is moving Catholics toward LGBT inclusion

By Jonathan Merritt — June 6, 2017
(RNS) James Martin says LGBT people are treated like lepers in the Catholic Church, and it's time for this to change.

Mainstream rap has grown more Christian. So why is Christian rap going mainstream?

By Jonathan Merritt — May 25, 2017
Christian rapper Propaganda's new album only mentions "God" in one song. He focuses on racism and injustice instead.

This woman preacher is schooling the Christian boys club on the crucifixion

By Jonathan Merritt — May 17, 2017
Fleming Rutledge's book "The Crucifixion" is creating conversation among a wide array of Christians.
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