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Jonathan Merritt: 2018 Capps Lecture in Christian Theology


Join us for the 2018 Capps Lecturer by Jonathan Merritt on October 18, 2018 in Nau Hall 101 at the University of Virginia.

The theme of Jonathan Merritt lecture will be “Speaking God: the Death and Rebirth of Sacred Speech”.


The Capps Lecture in Christian Theology is an annual series that brings eminent Christian thinkers to the heart of the university with public lectures that explore the relationship between faith and responsibility. 

Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics. He currently serves as a contributing writer for The Atlantic,  contributing editor for The Week, and senior columnist for Religion News Service. Jonathan has published more than 3000 articles in respected outlets such as USA TodayBuzzfeedThe Daily BeastThe Washington Post and Christianity Today. As a respected voice, he regularly contributes commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets and has been interviewed by ABC World News, NPR, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS’ “60 Minutes” and The New York Times.

Jonathan is author of three critically-acclaimed books, including Jesus is Better Than You Imagined and A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Warsand has collaborated on or ghostwritten more than 40 additional books, with several titles landing on the New York TimesUSA Today, or Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. Additionally, he trains hundreds of young writers through his revolutionary Write Brilliant course.

Named one of “30 young influencers reshaping Christian leadership“ by Outreach Magazine, Jonathan is a sought after speaker at colleges, conferences, and churches. 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.