We are excited to welcome Eric Metaxas as a new Praxis Circle Contributor!

A long-time favorite of ours, Metaxas is the author of many bestselling books, some of which we have featured on our blog, including the acclaimed Bonhoeffer biography and his two most recent books: Letter to the American Church and Religionless Christianity. In this interview, Metaxas delves into the pivotal years that shaped his journey as a prolific author and discusses the mission driving his public platform. He also addresses Christians directly, emphasizing the critical need to maintain faith and stand up for freedom as America faces challenges reminiscent of early Nazi Germany. Watch the full interview above and explore some key highlights below.

 

The Golden Fish Story & A Radical Worldview Change

 

Around his 25th birthday, Metaxas grappled with existential questions and searched for meaning through his Greek heritage, a love for fishing, and intellectual pursuits. He describes a vivid dream where he stood on a frozen lake, fishing, and pulled a golden fish from an icy hole. This golden fish, Metaxas realized, symbolized Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The dream conveyed that, contrary to his previous belief that life’s goal was to delve into the collective unconscious, the true meaning was found in the divine presence of Christ.

This dream was a turning point for Metaxas, who had been skeptical about Christianity. It conveyed that God knows him intimately and personally, transforming his skepticism into faith. Metaxas’s newfound belief in Jesus Christ filled him with unparalleled joy and certainty, fundamentally altering his life. His story is a powerful testament to the transformative power of personal revelation and faith, inviting others to explore the deeper meanings and truths in their own lives.

 

 

His Mission: Making a Case for God, Telling True Stories & Reminding Us of America’s Roots

 

Metaxas shares his ambitious plans to bring essential faith-based narratives to a broader audience. Despite the successes visible from the outside, he reveals the behind-the-scenes spiritual battles and the humility required to persist. One of his significant endeavors includes raising funds to create video streaming series based on his books, like “Is Atheism Dead?” He passionately argues that most people, including Christians, are unaware of the compelling information that counters secular narratives, such as the harmony between faith and science.

Highlighting the viral success of his 2015 Wall Street Journal op-ed, “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God,” Metaxas illustrates the immense hunger for truth in a world dominated by secularism. The overwhelming response to his article, which became one of the most popular in the history of the Journal, underscores a widespread desire for evidence of God’s existence. This response has fueled his mission to reach the culture directly, aiming to flip the prevailing narratives that dismiss or undermine faith.

Metaxas is driven by the belief that the time is ripe for a cultural revival, potentially akin to a second Reformation. He argues that in our current era of confusion and disillusionment, people are more open to exploring profound truths. His goal is to challenge and change the false narratives perpetuated by cultural elites, bringing to light the undeniable connections between faith, freedom, and the foundations of modern science.

Through his work, Metaxas seeks to address the deep-seated spiritual and intellectual hunger in society, advocating for a return to truths that have been obscured by decades of secularism. His mission is not just to inform but to inspire a transformative understanding of God’s reality and its integral role in our lives and culture.

 

 

 

The Parallels of Nazi Germany vs. Current Day America: How Should We Respond?

 

Metaxas criticizes the modern church for its complacency, echoing the warnings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who urged the German church to speak out against the rising evil of the Nazi regime. Bonhoeffer warned that failure to act would result in losing the ability to speak out altogether. Metaxas sees a similar pattern today, where many people, including those within the church, prefer to keep quiet to avoid conflict or loss, whether it’s a job or societal acceptance. He argues that this silent complicity allows evil to flourish.

He draws attention to contemporary issues where he sees this pattern repeating, such as government overreach and societal pressures that compel individuals to compromise their values. Metaxas points to the example of professionals who may go along with directives they know are wrong simply to keep their jobs or secure their pensions. He stresses that even small compromises contribute to the advancement of evil.

Metaxas also addresses the alarming trend of suppressing dissenting voices, especially regarding sensitive topics like vaccine mandates and gender ideology. He highlights how fear of retribution leads many to remain silent or comply with directives they disagree with, thus perpetuating falsehoods and injustice. He likens this to the behavior of Germans who turned a blind eye to Nazi atrocities to avoid personal repercussions.

The documentary “Letter to the American Church” elaborates on these themes, showcasing various societal evils that Metaxas believes require urgent attention from the church. One such issue is the transgender movement, which he describes as a form of child abuse. He condemns the indoctrination of children with what he views as harmful and confusing ideologies and criticizes the government’s interference in parental rights when children express a desire to change their gender.

Metaxas warns that America is at a critical juncture, much like Germany in the early 1930s. He argues that the church must rise to the occasion, speak out against these trends, and refuse to look the other way. He calls for a collective awakening, urging Christians to embrace the example of Bonhoeffer and stand against the encroaching darkness. According to Metaxas, the hour is late, and the time for action is now.

 

 

Hope for the Future

 

Eric Metaxas balances caution and optimism regarding America’s future. He believes God inspired him to write Letter to the American Church, signaling hope despite the nation’s dire situation. Metaxas sees the current crisis as the third existential threat in American history, following the Revolution and the Civil War, both of which were overcome against the odds with what he views as divine intervention.

Drawing parallels with George Washington’s perseverance during the Revolutionary War and the miraculous survival of the Union in the Civil War, Metaxas argues that America can again prevail through faith, action, and sacrifice. He criticizes the American church’s passivity, urging it to awaken and fight against moral and societal decay to prevent a descent into tyranny.

Despite the grim outlook, Metaxas is ultimately optimistic. He sees signs of awakening and mobilization within the church and society. He believes that if the American church rises to the occasion, it can lead the nation through this crisis toward a new era of freedom and renewal, akin to the visions of Lincoln and Bonhoeffer. Metaxas calls for immediate action, asserting that failing to act now will result in complicitly in the nation’s downfall but that heeding this call can lead to profound transformation and hope.

Metaxas’s blend of caution and optimism reminds us that while the current crisis is severe, history shows us that faith, courage, and perseverance can lead to extraordinary outcomes. Drawing inspiration from pivotal moments in American history, he believes that if the church rises to the occasion, it can guide the nation through these tumultuous times toward a renewed era of freedom and moral clarity.

 

 

 

Thank you, Eric, for a fantastic interview. We know it will serve as an encouragement to Christians and the church for generations to come. May we all have the courage to know and boldy live out what is true—no matter the cost—to the glory of our Creator and the good of mankind.